Motivation · NQN · Reflection · Self care

My first supernumerary weeks…

When we got the email asking us to pick a start date, I decided to take a whole two months off after qualifying. At first, I felt guilty for taking such a long break. But I have to say, I definitely don’t regret it. Taking that time to relax, reflect and revise notes from placement… Continue reading My first supernumerary weeks…

Motivation · Reflection · student nurse · The StN Project · Uncategorized

Compassion and creativity – the art of nursing

Throughout my life, compassion and creativity have formed the foundations of who I am and who I strive to be. Whilst I recognise I may be a jumble of many other things too, these, for me are the most important and the elements of myself that have (I believe) led me to nursing.  I grew… Continue reading Compassion and creativity – the art of nursing

Motivation · NQN · Placement

Student Nurses in the MDT – Why you should get involved…

As a student nurse I asked a lot of questions (who am I kidding, I still do as an RN with almost 2 years experience) and I was what some might call nosey about the roles of others. Sometimes this was other nurses, managers or specialist nurses who I wanted to talk to, to gleam some idea… Continue reading Student Nurses in the MDT – Why you should get involved…

Motivation · Placement · Reflection

Management Placement Mantra

When I started my management placement I was understandably coming to terms with a lot of emotions. I was excited to get started with my career; anxious to make a good impression; nervous about proving how much I had learned; keen to keep learning even more… I was a bundle of contradictions, and for the… Continue reading Management Placement Mantra

Male nursing · mental health · Motivation · Reflection · Self care

Dealing with emotions as a student nurse

This week has been a challenging week, I am out on placement which is a great experience but I have seen and heard some things that have challenged me emotionally and mentally. It’s brought back some memories of situations that I have been in myself, but now I’m on the other side looking in. Before… Continue reading Dealing with emotions as a student nurse

Motivation · Placement · Self care

Health conditions and nursing

Please be aware that this is very subjective and this does not objectively describe what other students may experience. So many people say to me “I don’t know how you do it!” when I explain to them what I have going on in my life. Truthfully, I don’t know either. Being a student nurse is… Continue reading Health conditions and nursing

Male nursing · Motivation · Self care

A student, a dad, a husband

I’ve written before about my concerns prior to starting my nursing degree with my children and of course my wife and whether it was financially viable. With the added pressures of childcare, school runs, clubs and my wife working shift work, it concerned me if I could be a student, but more importantly a dad… Continue reading A student, a dad, a husband

Motivation · Placement

The importance of speaking up

As a student nurse, you are the eyes and ears of so many different placement settings. Each area you will go, you will see good and bad practice. It is important to speak up, in a professional way. Nonetheless, if you do not feel comfortable in talking to that person (committing the bad practice), go… Continue reading The importance of speaking up

Motivation · NQN

How to survive your first 6 months as a NQN

Being a Newly Qualified Nurse (NQN) can sometimes feel overwhelming. Whether you’re starting work where you completed your management placement or if you’re moving to a new department or trust, there are always challenges to be faced. Thankfully there is a lot of support out there for NQNs, not just from your employer but also… Continue reading How to survive your first 6 months as a NQN