Opinion pieces · Skills · Social Media · student nurse

How can we use social media to support student nurses?

We are living in a social media age and it is a safe assumption that most student nurses use social media personally, but what about using social media to educate, optimise student engagement and improve overall student achievement? A study by Jackson et al. (2018) looks at the potential impact of social media use in… Continue reading How can we use social media to support student nurses?

Guest blogs · LD · Opinion pieces

Reflections from Learning Disability Awareness Week 2018

This year, Learning Disability Awareness Week took place between 18th and 24th June. To celebrate, my cohort of third year learning disability nursing students had arranged in a variety of activities to promote awareness. Monday We uploaded a video of us singing and signing along to ‘This Is Me’ from the film The Greatest Showman.… Continue reading Reflections from Learning Disability Awareness Week 2018

child nursing · Opinion pieces

“All you do is play with children” – A Children’s nursing stereotype

Being a children’s nurse requires diligence, passion and skill. And Play. When I told my employer that I would be leaving to go and become a children and young people nurse, I was told by one of the nurses, “All you will do is play with children”. I defended my choice, not knowing at the… Continue reading “All you do is play with children” – A Children’s nursing stereotype

Guest blogs · Opinion pieces · Placement

Simulation (Guest Blog)

The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) new proficiencies for registered nurses are hot of the press, so to new thinking and guidance about the use of simulation within pre-registration nursing curriculums. Prior to the new standards being launched, there was a cap of 300 hours that could replace or count towards practice hours. In the… Continue reading Simulation (Guest Blog)

Opinion pieces · Reflection · The StN Project

Disbanding the myth: the “Q” word

As students we have almost  all been there: arriving on the ward, handover only takes 5 minutes and we’re paired up with a nurse that doesn’t know us but tells us we’ll have a good one. A 32/40 bed ward, with only 12 patients, or a private hospital with only 3 patients overnight. Haven’t we… Continue reading Disbanding the myth: the “Q” word

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…”

Guest blogs · Opinion pieces · Uncategorized

Does a drop in nursing applications mean a less diverse profession?

By Jess Redway and Michael Carter PhD    The drop in applications to nursing qualifications was widely reported after the introduction of fees and removal of the NHS bursary for degrees last year. This year we have also seen a commitment from the government to remove the bursary and swap to fees for the PGdip qualifications, and once more… Continue reading Does a drop in nursing applications mean a less diverse profession?

Awareness · Opinion pieces · Reflection · The StN Project

Student Nursing Times Awards – Our views

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

Awareness · Opinion pieces · Placement

Being a student nurse who happens to be gay – a personal perspective

Please be aware that this is very subjective and this does not objectively describe what other students may experience.     It is hard for me to imagine a life without being an out and proud gay man. After coming out at the young age of 15, overcoming prejudice and negativity in those early years to… Continue reading Being a student nurse who happens to be gay – a personal perspective

Guest blogs · Opinion pieces · The StN Project

Students and the NHS Pay Offer

In recent times, the NHS Pay Offer has been released. We are not going to say how we think people should vote. However, we at StNP do feel that all healthcare workers should be politically active, just as Ewout’s blog describes. We feel that all staff should read through the offer and look at what… Continue reading Students and the NHS Pay Offer