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Becoming a 'good' nurse Subscription Required

You started your nurse training not only because you wanted to become a nurse, but because you wanted to become a good nurse. Adult nursing lecturer, Chris McLean, reveals how you can be the best nurse you can be

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Starting third year: the countdown is on


As the third year nerves started to get the better of her, Leanne turned to her peers to find out how they’re coping with the anxiety of final year placements

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Student loans do not reflect the needs of healthcare students - help make this right Subscription Required


After realising that student loans do not take into account that healthcare students have longer academic years, Alice is calling on student nurses to join her in campaigning for a fairer system

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Never judge a placement by its cover Subscription Required


Have you ever had that sinking feeling when you’ve seen where your next placement will be?

Amanda Smillie_SNT

'Getting knocked back was heart breaking but finally getting that job made it worth it'


After being rejected on the grounds that she didn’t have enough experience, Amanda started to feel that she would never find her first nurisng job

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'I'm a psychotic professional' Subscription Required


Helena’s personal experiences of the mental health system are helping to shape her into the nurse she wants to be

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Learning disability nursing might be a small branch but, for some, it’s the most important Subscription Required


Choosing which field of nursing to study was not difficult. I spent time thinking seriously about it and researching each option, but I always knew learning disability nursing was for me.

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Mastering your dissertation: what you need to know

Mastering your dissertation: what you need to know Subscription Required

Dissertations can feel like stressful, bumpy car-rides. Here are some tips that can turn the last stretch of your journey to qualifying into a smooth success.

Elaine Francis_SNT

A letter to myself: 5 lessons I wish I'd learnt earlier Subscription Required

If you could write a letter to yourself 15 years ago, what would you say?

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Recognising and managing transfusion reactions

Recognising and managing transfusion reactions Subscription Required


Patients receiving blood transfusions can die if errors are made and if the signs of a severe reaction are not recognised and acted on at an early stage

Does glove use increase the risk of infection?

Does glove use increase the risk of infection? Subscription Required


Use of gloves is widespread in clinical practice, but research suggests they are often used inappropriately, and that this increases infection risks to patients

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Philip Keeley

'The best students are willing to challenge conventional ideas and ask questions' Subscription Required

We speak Philip Keeley, director of undergraduate education at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at The University of Manchester.

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Happy new term!


Whether you're starting a nursing course for the first time or stepping up a year, September is a time for change.

Visit our New Term page for free advice, blogs and competitions for student nurses!

Cavell Nurses' Trust

Nursing charity seeks students for overseas scholarships

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust is calling on the “brightest and most dedicated” nursing and midwifery students to apply for travel grants worth up to £2,000.

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Are you a new student nurse?


Do you need additional support while at university? Meet Diverse Learners

Diverse Learners supports student nurses who have dyslexia, dyspraxia, long term health conditions and/or mental health issues to develop their skills and self-confidence via study skills support sessions and mentoring.

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