As nurses, we all know basic life support, its our bread and butter of emergency care. However, we are not the only people capable of doing it! We should never be complacent with basic life support, your refresher every year is important and shouldn’t be seen as a chore. If you suffer a cardiac arrest… Continue reading Restart a Heart Day – A Reflection
Over the last twelve months of my student nursing career I think it’s fair to say I’ve achieved a fair bit. I started my second year volunteering for an RCN photoshoot for the ‘One of Us’ campaign and it all kinda snowballed from there. On a local level, at Uni, I flourished in the role… Continue reading My promise for 2019? To be more real.
I consider myself to be a pretty enlightened human. I am accepting of almost every person and the choices that they make. I have my own thoughts and beliefs, but I try not to let these become a barrier to the way I make friendships or deal with patients. I have lived abroad, and I… Continue reading Celebrations and Festivals
Placement to get to, presents to buy, assignments to finish, exams to revise for, kids to look after, care plans to write, family time needed, lights to put up, trees to decorate, literature to read, bank shifts to do, wrapping paper to buy, lectures to attend, risk assessments to start, medication exams every week and… Continue reading 24 Days of Balance
A couple of months ago, I was asked if I would go and speak at a primary school on the subject of “people who help us”, I hadn’t started my role as an NQN yet and thought this would be an excellent to inspire some children into nursing. Despite being a paediatric trained nurse, I… Continue reading Teaching Reception Aged Children – A Reflection
When we got the email asking us to pick a start date, I decided to take a whole two months off after qualifying. At first, I felt guilty for taking such a long break. But I have to say, I definitely don’t regret it. Taking that time to relax, reflect and revise notes from placement… Continue reading My first supernumerary weeks…
Throughout my life, compassion and creativity have formed the foundations of who I am and who I strive to be. Whilst I recognise I may be a jumble of many other things too, these, for me are the most important and the elements of myself that have (I believe) led me to nursing. I grew… Continue reading Compassion and creativity – the art of nursing
When people ask me – as I imagine they have asked many of you – “did you always know you wanted to be a nurse?”, I have to answer honestly: No. While I was at school I was convinced I wanted to work in the theatre. From an actor to a stage manager to a… Continue reading Nursing and performing
Many student nurses know exactly where they want to work, some have a vague idea and others absolutely none. When you first start out, there is little pressure to have decided (although you will be asked repeatedly during your education). However, as the countdown to newly qualified nurse commences, the pressure to know your destiny… Continue reading What to do when you don’t know what to do.
So, you’re about to start your nursing degree and most-likely full of mixed emotions, questions and anxieties – well, I was anyway. I’m just going into my second year, studying adult nursing at the University of Plymouth and as I write this, it’s exactly one year since I was made an offer! I went through… Continue reading So, You’re About to Start Your Nursing Degree…