Peer support, it’s not a completely new idea. The concept of creating a safe environment, be it physical or virtual, where people feel able to share their feelings and experiences. The very act of being around, or reaching out to people who have shared similar experiences is in itself healing and can lead to empowerment. … Continue reading The importance of peer support
When you hear the words “Emergency Department”, “Accident & Emergency” or even “Anything & Everything”. What springs to mind? Manic, busy, rushed and overwhelming. Yes, it can be a little overwhelming at timesbut so can other departments too. Before I qualified many people tried to steer me away from the Emergency Department (ED) as a newly qualified, but I was… Continue reading Staying Organised in the Emergency Department – The First things I Do on Shift
This weekend, I was shocked to learn about the Guinness World Records’ decision to not recognise nurse Jessica Anderson’s achievement of beating the current world record of fastest marathon time for a woman wearing a nurse’s uniform. Jessica (@Janderzzz) completed the marathon in three hours, eight minutes and 32 seconds, beating the current record by… Continue reading #WhatNursesWear: should what we wear define us as nurses?
This weeks Tweetchat is going to be a bit different. Myself and the rest of the #StNProject team are very excited about this and hope you will be too. Please read on as there are some instructions for you to follow on the night… On Thursday 2nd May at 8pm we will be hosting a… Continue reading ‘Student Nurses’ perceptions of shift patterns’
Despite achieving good grades, both academically and while on placement, throughout my nursing education, I entered my third year with a sudden sense of anxiety and a crisis of confidence. It seemed to creep up on me when I wasn’t paying attention, taking me completely by surprise. Now, I love nursing; but it all suddenly… Continue reading Getting ready to fly the nest
As part of my attempt to fundraise I have learnt to make Jam; a very scientific process, with exact quantities of ingredients, essential equipment and a rigid set of instructions. So, if you follow these what should result is perfect jam each time. But that isn’t the case. Each batch of jam is different; each… Continue reading Nursing: Art or Science?
For as long as I can remember, I have always had a passion for biology, medicine and people. My nine-year-old self aspired to be a neurosurgeon that moonlighted as a West End performer! However, as I grew up and discovered more about the nursing profession, the more my love for it grew. Nursing has a… Continue reading My Applicant Journey (From Access Course To University)
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
In my experience, the D word has been made out to be a very scary and overwhelming task. I’m not going to lie to you, it is a very important piece of work, but like everything in life if you break it down to manageable pieces, it will be fine. In fact, you may… Continue reading The D Word… Dissertation
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