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A Nursing Placement in the Time of COVID

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

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Staying Organised in the Emergency Department – The First things I Do on Shift

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

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A reflection: RCNi Nursing Careers & Jobs Fair 2019

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

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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

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“There are no opportunities in Learning Disability Nursing” – Dispelling the Myth

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

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Staying Healthy as a Student Nurse

We all know that we should look after our own health, but sometimes this is easier said, or thought, than done. We know that health encompasses many things, after all, we promote healthy lifestyle choices to our patients daily. These range from taking time for yourself to manage stress levels, to eating a range of… Continue reading Staying Healthy as a Student Nurse

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Third Year – The Final Year so far! – A Sort of Reflection

So it is January, wow 2019 is here. Soon enough we will be in the 20’s!  So this year I will qualify and honestly I am in-between terrified and excited.   If you asked 20 year old me four years ago would you be typing a blog for Students. I would have ran a mile (that’s… Continue reading Third Year – The Final Year so far! – A Sort of Reflection

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Restart a Heart Day – A Reflection

As nurses, we all know basic life support, its our bread and butter of emergency care. However, we are not the only people capable of doing it! We should never be complacent with basic life support, your refresher every year is important and shouldn’t be seen as a chore. If you suffer a cardiac arrest… Continue reading Restart a Heart Day – A Reflection

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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.