Reflection · Self care · The StN Project

24 Days of Balance

Placement to get to, presents to buy, assignments to finish, exams to revise for, kids to look after, care plans to write, family time needed, lights to put up, trees to decorate, literature to read, bank shifts to do, wrapping paper to buy, lectures to attend, risk assessments to start, medication exams every week and… Continue reading 24 Days of Balance

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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?

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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

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

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

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Royal College of Nursing Congress

Although at STNP we are not affiliated with any trade unions, we did want to tell you about what happens at RCN congress because so many of us have found it such a valuable learning experience. Lots of people have never heard of RCN congress before, I certainly hadn’t until I started to become a… Continue reading Royal College of Nursing Congress

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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