In January, I hesitantly knocked on the door of a ‘closed’ COVID ward and introduced myself as thenew student nurse. I was terrified, and that was just because it was my first day and I didn’t know ifthey’d remember I was coming or not, compounded with the sheer fear of the unknown behind thedoor. Was… Continue reading A Nursing Placement in the Time of COVID
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
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
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.
I consider myself to be a pretty enlightened human. I am accepting of almost every person and the choices that they make. I have my own thoughts and beliefs, but I try not to let these become a barrier to the way I make friendships or deal with patients. I have lived abroad, and I… Continue reading Celebrations and Festivals
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
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
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?
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…
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