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Getting ready to fly the nest

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

Placement · Reflection · The StN Project

Getting the most out of Placement – singing the praises of PDN’s 

The two placements I feel I got the most out of were Trinity Hospice and a Haematology/Oncology ward (where I was for my management placement). The former had countless interesting holistic therapies that student could observe and assist with; the latter had an extensive MDT, the majority of which were only too happy to host students for… Continue reading Getting the most out of Placement – singing the praises of PDN’s 

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.

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

Placement · Recommendations · The StN Project

Preparing for Placement

At present, clinical placements make up roughly 50% of a nursing degree. When I remember back to my first day, I was excited, anxious, scared, nervous, and a sense of disbelief in that “wow, I am actually here, real peoples’ lives. It was terrifying, but throughout my training, whilst those first day nerves remain at… Continue reading Preparing for Placement

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 · 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…

Reflection · Self care

Dealing with emotions as a student nurse

This week has been a challenging week, I am out on placement which is a great experience but I have seen and heard some things that have challenged me emotionally and mentally. It’s brought back some memories of situations that I have been in myself, but now I’m on the other side looking in. Before… Continue reading Dealing with emotions as a student nurse

Placement

Being a student nurse who happens to be gay – a personal perspective

Please be aware that this is very subjective and this does not objectively describe what other students may experience.     It is hard for me to imagine a life without being an out and proud gay man. After coming out at the young age of 15, overcoming prejudice and negativity in those early years to… Continue reading Being a student nurse who happens to be gay – a personal perspective