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…

Awareness · mental health · nursing · Self care

Feeling Overwhelmed at the Start of Third Year?

Feeling Overwhelmed at the Start of Third Year?  Don’t worry, it’s very common! The good news is there’s some simple things you can do to help yourself.   Here’s a bit of my experience first: Five weeks ago, I started third year of my nursing degree. I was excited to get back to university and see… Continue reading Feeling Overwhelmed at the Start of Third Year?

Male nursing · Placement

Anxieties of a new placement…why am I like this?

As a student nurse, I am very fortunate to be given the opportunity of many varied placements meaning I can explore a wealth of learning opportunities. Personally I have been so lucky with all my placements and had some fantastic mentors along the way which makes starting a new placement slightly easier. However, the dread… Continue reading Anxieties of a new placement…why am I like this?

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…

Opinion pieces · Skills · Social Media · student nurse

How can we use social media to support student nurses?

We are living in a social media age and it is a safe assumption that most student nurses use social media personally, but what about using social media to educate, optimise student engagement and improve overall student achievement? A study by Jackson et al. (2018) looks at the potential impact of social media use in… Continue reading How can we use social media to support student nurses?

Guest blogs · LD · Opinion pieces

Reflections from Learning Disability Awareness Week 2018

This year, Learning Disability Awareness Week took place between 18th and 24th June. To celebrate, my cohort of third year learning disability nursing students had arranged in a variety of activities to promote awareness. Monday We uploaded a video of us singing and signing along to ‘This Is Me’ from the film The Greatest Showman.… Continue reading Reflections from Learning Disability Awareness Week 2018

Motivation · Placement

The importance of speaking up

As a student nurse, you are the eyes and ears of so many different placement settings. Each area you will go, you will see good and bad practice. It is important to speak up, in a professional way. Nonetheless, if you do not feel comfortable in talking to that person (committing the bad practice), go… Continue reading The importance of speaking up

Motivation

In a world of nursing

In a world of nursing, it can be quite easy to get lost in your own negative thoughts. Especially the very first few months of nursing; these were the toughest for me. I had to get my head around timetables, Harvard referencing, revision and organising myself. I had my head down and tried to get by. This, everyone, is how NOT to be! Lecturers at BCU made… Continue reading In a world of nursing