Motivation · NQN · Reflection · Self care

My first supernumerary weeks…

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…

Motivation · Reflection · student nurse · The StN Project · Uncategorized

Compassion and creativity – the art of nursing

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

Emotional Intellegence · NQN · Reflection

What to do when you don’t know what to do.

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.

Recommendations · Reflection · Self care · Skills · student nurse · The StN Project

So, You’re About to Start Your Nursing Degree…

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…

Awareness · NQN · Reflection

What is Continuous Professional Development (CPD)?

This is a requirement of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as part of your revalidation. CPD is a way to track and document your skills, knowledge and experience. Furthermore, it is a record of this experience that you learn and then you can apply it to your practice. However, this is not classed as your regular hours of work;… Continue reading What is Continuous Professional Development (CPD)?

Awareness · Midwifery · Reflection

Midwifery – More than catching babies

The media seems to have a thing about painting the job of a midwife in a particular light... The midwife on screen is either eating cake, telling a woman to push, riding a bicycle, or having a cup of tea. They don't show you the relationships we build with women and families during pregnancy, the… Continue reading Midwifery – More than catching babies

Emotional Intellegence · Reflection · Self care

An Open Letter to the Student Parent

Dear Student Parent, I’m not writing this to try and paint us to be the group of students who have the hardest journey. Because, the more I speak to and get to know other students, I realise that each and every one of our journeys are hard. So hard. But we all have this one… Continue reading An Open Letter to the Student Parent

Emotional Intellegence · Reflection

Seeking help isn’t a failure – a reflection

Like many, my journey into nursing hasn’t been altogether straightforward. Ten years ago, I commenced a DipHE in adult nursing at Kings College London, eight years ago I dropped out in the midst of a grief induced depressive episode. Two and a half years ago I restarted my nursing education, this time the PGDip (adult)… Continue reading Seeking help isn’t a failure – a reflection

Motivation · Placement · Reflection

Management Placement Mantra

When I started my management placement I was understandably coming to terms with a lot of emotions. I was excited to get started with my career; anxious to make a good impression; nervous about proving how much I had learned; keen to keep learning even more… I was a bundle of contradictions, and for the… Continue reading Management Placement Mantra