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“There are no opportunities in Learning Disability Nursing” – Dispelling the Myth

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

Guest blogs · The StN Project

The realities of HPV and cervical cancer

Julia Tugwell who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2013, shares with us vital information surrounding HPV, how it can be contracted and the consequences - which can lead to cervical cancer.   Let’s start with the basics.   Over 3,000 women a year are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK and around 800 will die.… Continue reading The realities of HPV and cervical cancer

NQN · Reflection · Self care · The StN Project

My promise for 2019? To be more real.

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.

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Our New Year message to you

Wow! 2018 has been a momentous year for the Student Nurse Project! We continue to reach new heights as a project and are breaking previously unbroken ground. None of this could have happened without the team members of the project past & present. I am so grateful to each and every one of them got… Continue reading Our New Year message to you

NQN · Placement · Recommendations · Self care

Managing emotions at placement

Placements can be very emotionally draining, we’re often working with extremely unwell people, we may face violence and aggression, hold the hand of a person taking their last breath, tell a family impossibly difficult news and care for patients as their lives change forever. Although we are (student) nurses, we are also human, it’s natural… Continue reading Managing emotions at placement

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…

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What I want nurses to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

My biggest fear, as someone with severe IBS, is finding myself in a hospital or MH inpatient unit and having to deal with food. It is estimated that around one in ten people will experience IBS symptoms during their life. For many this will remain mild to moderate and, while unpleasant, not have too severe… Continue reading What I want nurses to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Guest blogs

Nursing autism – it’s not about jigsaws

Guest blog authored by Beth Phillips, second year student, BSc Nursing Studies (Children’s) student at the University of Surrey. April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. Admittedly, it’s often a day that passes me by, if not for social media reminding me, but that’s not because I’m unaware (just busy!). I’ve been firmly entrenched in… Continue reading Nursing autism – it’s not about jigsaws