As corny as it may sound my studies and training to become a qualified nurse was a journey. With bumps and hurdles and highs and lows along the way. It felt like there were so many checkpoints and things to get signed off or get through that it was hard to focus on the here… Continue reading To Dream or to Settle
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
I went to my first job fair as a third year a couple of days ago and although I was excited at the prospect of meeting prospective employers, the anxiety of meeting prospective employers proved an equal match! Do I look smart? Is my makeup ok? Is my hair in place? WILL THEY LIKE ME?… Continue reading A reflection: RCNi Nursing Careers & Jobs Fair 2019
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
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
Merry Christmas everyone! Following our wonderful tweet chat about how different religions celebrate festivals throughout the year we wanted to show you how we all celebrate Christmas. At the Student Nurse Project, we have a team who come from many walks of life, various up bringing's and different religions. Firstly, here is a list of… Continue reading What does Christmas mean to you?
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…
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.
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
When you’re looking for a NQN job or if you’re waiting to start a job you’ve already secured then there can be a certain level of anxiety about your upcoming preceptorship. I can certainly say that had a creeping level of uneasiness as I was waiting for my exam board & my NMC registration letter… Continue reading Preceptorship Part 3- Experiences of Preceptorship.