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
Many student nurses know exactly where they want to work, some have a vague idea and others absolutely none. When you first start out, there is little pressure to have decided (although you will be asked repeatedly during your education). However, as the countdown to newly qualified nurse commences, the pressure to know your destiny… Continue reading What to do when you don’t know what to do.
Dear Student Parent, I’m not writing this to try and paint us to be the group of students who have the hardest journey. Because, the more I speak to and get to know other students, I realise that each and every one of our journeys are hard. So hard. But we all have this one… Continue reading An Open Letter to the Student Parent
Like many, my journey into nursing hasn’t been altogether straightforward. Ten years ago, I commenced a DipHE in adult nursing at Kings College London, eight years ago I dropped out in the midst of a grief induced depressive episode. Two and a half years ago I restarted my nursing education, this time the PGDip (adult)… Continue reading Seeking help isn’t a failure – a reflection
My second year of training has been tough, tougher than first year by a long shot. It's hard to explain why it's been so hard but I guess the main reason is that you're very much stuck in the middle. No longer the first year who's new to everything, the responsibility has become apparent and… Continue reading Stuck in the Middle as a Second Year Student Nurse