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Clear writing: how to get top marks for your essays Subscription Required

Writing clearly and concisely is a real skill.

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How to cope with stress as a student nurse Subscription Required

A little bit of stress can be healthy, but a lot is damaging. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed by the pressure and anxiety of work, here are some tips to help you cope

So your life as a student nurse is about to begin. Are you ready?

How to survive as a student nurse Subscription Required

So your life as a student nurse is about to begin. Are you ready? Three student nurses give you the lowdown on what will get you through and help you make the most of the experience ahead

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Stevie Beeby-SNT

'My final placement: how has no-one noticed how rubbish I am?' Subscription Required


Stevie-Jade’s final placement initially knocked her confidence, but speaking to her mentors helped her realise just how normal her fears were

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'As the next generation of nurses, we shouldn't have to stand for behaviour that gives us a bad name' Subscription Required


Should you raise concerns if you witness poor care on placement?

Kieran Uttley_SNT

'When it comes to community placements, you have to take the rough with the smooth' Subscription Required


Kieran was disappointed with his first community placement, but on reflection he realised that the aspects he had seen as “bad” were valuable learning opportunities

Amy Wixey-SNT

'My passion and enthusiasm for learning disability nursing has driven me through' Subscription Required


As she starts second year, Amy looks back on the year just gone and reflects on how her feelings towards the course have changed as her confidence developed

Helen Reeves-SNT

Is it ever appropriate to share your own experiences with a patient? Subscription Required


When Helen’s patient’s experience mirrored her own father’s, she was torn as to how much was OK to share.

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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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PEG tubes: dealing with complications

PEG tubes: dealing with complications Subscription Required


Complications arising from the insertion of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tubes can be life-threatening so nurses should be able to identify and manage them

A new role to improve mentorship standards

A new role to improve mentorship standards Subscription Required


A lead mentor role has been developed to promote high standards of nurse mentorship across a large health board. Evaluation so far shows positive results

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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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'The culture of fear is what stops students and staff from speaking out'


How easy is it for student nurses to speak up if they witness dangerous practice on placement?

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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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National system of checks for nursing values unveiled

Details of a new system of checks designed to test the values of applicants to nursing courses, and potentially qualified staff applying for new posts, have been launched, Nursing Times can reveal.

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What do you think of the ABCDE approach to patient assessment?

We asked: What do you think of the ABCDE approach to patient assessment?


This week’s #SNTtwitchat was run by our adult branch student editor, Leanne. You can read the transcript here.




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