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
This blog is written from purely my own personal experience and others may have a very different experience and approach to me. But that’s what makes this perfect, end of life is very different to each individual and from a patient’s perspective, everyone has their own religion, beliefs and values. Each person will have their… Continue reading Experiencing your first End of Life
The two placements I feel I got the most out of were Trinity Hospice and a Haematology/Oncology ward (where I was for my management placement). The former had countless interesting holistic therapies that student could observe and assist with; the latter had an extensive MDT, the majority of which were only too happy to host students for… Continue reading Getting the most out of Placement – singing the praises of PDN’s
“I’m 92, you know?”, a patient says to me as we’re having a dance whilst I’m helping her to get washed and dressed in a less than conventional way. I can barely stand on one leg to put my other into a pair of jeans, and this lady is swinging her hips and singing whilst… Continue reading “I’m 92 you know”
As I have yet to reach the age of 25, I hadn’t had any experience of a smear test. Yes as a sufferer of endometriosis I have had many gynaecological interventions- but not an actual smear, this was alien to me. Through my previous placement at a GP surgery I saw cervical smear tests daily and to… Continue reading What happens during a cervical smear test…it’s not that bad!
So it is January, wow 2019 is here. Soon enough we will be in the 20’s! So this year I will qualify and honestly I am in-between terrified and excited. If you asked 20 year old me four years ago would you be typing a blog for Students. I would have ran a mile (that’s… Continue reading Third Year – The Final Year so far! – A Sort of Reflection
When I first qualified as a nurse, after a year consolidating my training on a surgical ward, I accepted a position on a gynaecology ward. I’m afraid I did not enjoy it at all and so, when years later I decided to become a General Practice Nurse (GPN), one of my main concerns was that… Continue reading Cervical Screening – A General Practice Nurse Perspective
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
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
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?