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“There are no opportunities in Learning Disability Nursing” – Dispelling the Myth

When I first told people that I was I was applying to do a degree in Learning Disability nursing, I was swiftly told that “all you will do is jigsaws, colouring in and sing nursery rhymes. There are no opportunities in Learning Disability nursing”. And nearly three years later, when I speak with students; professionals… Continue reading “There are no opportunities in Learning Disability Nursing” – Dispelling the Myth

NQN · Placement · The StN Project

Staying Healthy as a Student Nurse

We all know that we should look after our own health, but sometimes this is easier said, or thought, than done. We know that health encompasses many things, after all, we promote healthy lifestyle choices to our patients daily. These range from taking time for yourself to manage stress levels, to eating a range of… Continue reading Staying Healthy as a Student Nurse

NQN · The StN Project

Learning Disability Training – Getting the ball rolling…

I’ve written quite a bit already here about Mencap’s #TreatMeWell campaign, and the urgent call from organisations and clinicians for mandatory LD training. The need for this training is well attested and documented. However, its execution – in my Trust at least – has proved to be a challenge.   Let’s go back a year or… Continue reading Learning Disability Training – Getting the ball rolling…

NQN · Reflection · Self care · The StN Project

My promise for 2019? To be more real.

Over the last twelve months of my student nursing career I think it’s fair to say I’ve achieved a fair bit. I started my second year volunteering for an RCN photoshoot for the ‘One of Us’ campaign and it all kinda snowballed from there. On a local level, at Uni, I flourished in the role… Continue reading My promise for 2019? To be more real.

NQN · The StN Project

Our New Year message to you

Wow! 2018 has been a momentous year for the Student Nurse Project! We continue to reach new heights as a project and are breaking previously unbroken ground. None of this could have happened without the team members of the project past & present. I am so grateful to each and every one of them got… Continue reading Our New Year message to you

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Managing emotions at placement

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

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…

NQN · Reflection

What to do when you don’t know what to do.

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.

NQN · Reflection

What is Continuous Professional Development (CPD)?

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)?

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…