Awareness · Emotional Intellegence · NQN · Placement · Recommendations · Self care · student nurse

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

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…

Emotional Intellegence · 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.

Awareness · 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)?

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…

NQN · Preceptorship

Preceptorship Part 3- Experiences of Preceptorship.

When you’re looking for a NQN job or if you’re waiting to start a job you’ve already secured then there can be a certain level of anxiety about your upcoming preceptorship. I can certainly say that had a creeping level of uneasiness as I was waiting for my exam board & my NMC registration letter… Continue reading Preceptorship Part 3- Experiences of Preceptorship.

Awareness · NQN · Opinion pieces · Uncategorized

“You can’t be a newly qualified here until you have experience there for 6 months plus…”

“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…”

NQN · Preceptorship · Reflection

What is Continuous Professional Development(CPD)?

CPD is a requirement of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as part of your revalidation. It is a way to track and document your skills, knowledge and experience. Furthermore, it is a record of this experience that you learn from and then apply it to your practice. Your regular hours of work are not… Continue reading What is Continuous Professional Development(CPD)?

NQN · Preceptorship

Preceptorship: Part 2

Application and interview tips So, you’re due to qualify soon and have found the perfect preceptorship role to apply for. But what about those complicated forms? How do you prepare for the interview? What questions might they ask you? I was told that my preceptorship job interview would be the easiest job interview I’d have… Continue reading Preceptorship: Part 2