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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

Placement · Recommendations · The StN Project · Top Tips

Preparing for Placement

At present, clinical placements make up roughly 50% of a nursing degree. When I remember back to my first day, I was excited, anxious, scared, nervous, and a sense of disbelief in that “wow, I am actually here, real peoples’ lives. It was terrifying, but throughout my training, whilst those first day nerves remain at… Continue reading Preparing for Placement

Male nursing · Placement

Anxieties of a new placement…why am I like this?

As a student nurse, I am very fortunate to be given the opportunity of many varied placements meaning I can explore a wealth of learning opportunities. Personally I have been so lucky with all my placements and had some fantastic mentors along the way which makes starting a new placement slightly easier. However, the dread… Continue reading Anxieties of a new placement…why am I like this?

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…

Awareness · Placement

Speaking out, placements and you

I know for certain that I’m not the only student that has gone out on placements who has had the horrible task of having to report bad practice. But knowing that doesn’t take away the stress that doing exactly that brings with it. To help with compartmentalising a situation I am going through at the… Continue reading Speaking out, placements and you

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

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)

Placement · Reflection · Skills

Why research is important

Research is important. There is no two ways about it. Research underpins everything that we do and why we do it as nurses. It is a driver for innovation and can lead to higher standards of patient care and safety. Although we are taught some theory behind research and many of us carry out some kind… Continue reading Why research is important

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

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