NQN · Pre-Nursing · Reflection · The StN Project

Finding your identity in the transition from being a student to registered nurse

It’s that time of year where a lot of us are in that period where we are not really a student nurse anymore but we’re also not a registered nurse. We’ve finished all our exams, assignments and placements but we’re awaiting results, job contracts, start dates, uniforms and registration. I’m currently in this stage, I’ve… Continue reading Finding your identity in the transition from being a student to registered nurse

NQN · Placement · Pre-Nursing · Reflection · The StN Project

Management Placements

A few of the Student Nurse Project team are currently on their management placements. We thought we’d write a collaborative blog sharing some of our thoughts, worries, and concerns prior to starting and how we’ve combated these. Five of our team shared their experiences, as you will see, we all have similar anxieties, even though… Continue reading Management Placements

NQN · Pre-Nursing · Reflection · The StN Project

Choosing an NQN job

How to choose where to work?  We all know about the massive shortages of nurses in the UK right now. We also know that this leads to newly qualified nurses having the opportunity to be quite picky about where they work. But how do you choose what’s right for you? The Student Nurse Project team… Continue reading Choosing an NQN job

Reflection · Self care · The StN Project

Dealing with Personal Adversity as a Student Nurse

I hate the term resilience. It’s a word that I think we overuse within nursing – how can we be more resilient? What does that even mean? Does it mean I’m supposed to ignore adversity, to stifle my emotions despite feeling like my world is falling apart, and just get on with it? Is that… Continue reading Dealing with Personal Adversity as a Student Nurse

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My first two weeks as a Registered Nurse

Yesterday marked the end of my first two weeks as an RN and my final supernumerary shift. It’s been a whirlwind, but I thought I would take the time to reflect on it and give you an overview of what I have done, what’s been good and what’s not so good.  My new role is… Continue reading My first two weeks as a Registered Nurse

Placement · Pre-Nursing · Reflection · Self care · Study & Academia · The StN Project

Easing the year two transition

In February, I celebrated being halfway through my degree. I had calculated on the train home from placement that day that I was exactly a year and a half in, and I had a year and a half to go. Where had that time gone? I felt elated, skipping home from placement, and even went… Continue reading Easing the year two transition

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Third Year – as a dual field Student Nurse

I walk into my new placement for the first time and introduce myself “hello my name is Jess, I’m a third year student nurse, I’m really looking forward to working with you guys over the coming weeks”. You can see the cogs whirring, the expectations of a third year are a lot higher than that… Continue reading Third Year – as a dual field Student Nurse

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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

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