Placements can be very emotionally draining, we’re often working with extremely unwell people, we may face violence and aggression, hold the hand of a person taking their last breath, tell a family impossibly difficult news and care for patients as their lives change forever. Although we are (student) nurses, we are also human, it’s natural… Continue reading Managing emotions at placement
Feeling Overwhelmed at the Start of Third Year? Don’t worry, it’s very common! The good news is there’s some simple things you can do to help yourself. Here’s a bit of my experience first: Five weeks ago, I started third year of my nursing degree. I was excited to get back to university and see… Continue reading Feeling Overwhelmed at the Start of Third Year?
This is a requirement of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as part of your revalidation. CPD is a way to track and document your skills, knowledge and experience. Furthermore, it is a record of this experience that you learn and then you can apply it to your practice. However, this is not classed as your regular hours of work;… Continue reading What is Continuous Professional Development (CPD)?
In the last 2 weeks of my nursing home placement, I had the opportunity to spend a day at a mental health inpatient unit for elderly patients with dementia, and sit in on a Consultant Psychiatry clinic afternoon. The deputy manager of the home had asked if there was anything I wanted to do specifically since… Continue reading A Student Adult Nurse’s Experience in Mental Health
The media seems to have a thing about painting the job of a midwife in a particular light... The midwife on screen is either eating cake, telling a woman to push, riding a bicycle, or having a cup of tea. They don't show you the relationships we build with women and families during pregnancy, the… Continue reading Midwifery – More than catching babies
I know for certain that I’m not the only student that has gone out on placements who has had the horrible task of having to report bad practice. But knowing that doesn’t take away the stress that doing exactly that brings with it. To help with compartmentalising a situation I am going through at the… Continue reading Speaking out, placements and you
Today is international #HelloMyNameis day. In a celebration, I wanted to share with you the importance of always introducing yourself to patients. How did the #hellomynameiscampaign start? With a wonderful called Doctor Kate Granger MBE, who had the misfortune of becoming a terminally ill cancer patient. Throughout her stay in hospital back in 2013 she… Continue reading #HelloMyNameIs Day 2018
I have had a personal connection to Mencap for a long time. When I became a student nurse, however, I became even more acutely aware of how important their work is in the health and social care system – just one of the many reasons why I am so honoured to be part of their… Continue reading ‘Treat Me Well’ Campaign and our visit to Parliament
“You can’t be a newly qualified here until you have experience there for 6 months plus...” Many student nurses, including myself, have been put off going into the community; GP, district nursing, sexual health or any other area within healthcare because of this statement. For this reason, student nurses have been applying to areas they… Continue reading “You can’t be a newly qualified here until you have experience there for 6 months plus…”
A lot of us attended the Student Nursing Times Awards. These are our views and feelings; Lucy (@MissLucyMay) - When I got nominated by the university to apply for most inspirational student nurse of the year, I was so encouraged that I had made a difference to others at my university. That’s even without being… Continue reading Student Nursing Times Awards – Our views