The Wider World of Nursing

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

Pre-Nursing · Study & Academia · The StN Project

My Applicant Journey (From Access Course To University)

For as long as I can remember, I have always had a passion for biology, medicine and people. My nine-year-old self aspired to be a neurosurgeon that moonlighted as a West End performer! However, as I grew up and discovered more about the nursing profession, the more my love for it grew. Nursing has a… Continue reading My Applicant Journey (From Access Course To University)

NQN · Placement · The StN Project

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

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.

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…

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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?

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