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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

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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

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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

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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 

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Caring for each other….

Halfway through my course I am looking back and thinking of what I have learnt; about myself, my chosen career of nursing and about the whole university experience.  I have no regrets and my passion for nursing remains, as does my love of the learning experience. But, I find myself pondering on some of the… Continue reading Caring for each other….

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Cervical cancer prevention week 2019 – a personal thank you

Wow, what a week! I would like to thank all of our blog contributors for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their knowledge, experience and reflections for Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. Furthermore, I would like to thank all of you for your engagement this week.   Raising awareness of cervical cancer prevention is… Continue reading Cervical cancer prevention week 2019 – a personal thank you