Placement · Pre-Nursing · Reflection · Self care · Study & Academia

Student Nurse Mental Health Awareness Day

My husband and I were married nearly 17 years ago and had our reception at a National Trust property - I know, I know - what’s she babbling about and what does this have to do with the Mental Health of Student Nurses? Well the property in question is a mill - one that took… Continue reading Student Nurse Mental Health Awareness Day

NQN · Placement · Study & Academia · The StN Project · The Wider World of Nursing

“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

Placement · Reflection · The StN Project

Experiencing your first End of Life

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

Placement · Reflection · The StN Project

Getting the most out of Placement – singing the praises of PDN’s 

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 

Guest blogs · Placement · Reflection · The StN Project

What happens during a cervical smear test…it’s not that bad!

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!

Placement · Study & Academia · The StN Project

Third Year – The Final Year so far! – A Sort of Reflection

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

Guest blogs · Placement · Recommendations · The StN Project

Cervical Screening – A General Practice Nurse Perspective

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

NQN · Placement · Recommendations · Self care

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