Student editor blog
At my university, the first year for all nursing branches, paramedics and ODPs is called a common foundation programme. It provided us with the fundamental skills needed for working in healthcare and introduced us to anatomy and physiology, psychology, sociology and healthcare law.
I am in the camp that swears by it. My first ever networking event was the Positive Choices Conference - an annual, free two-day event for all learning disabilities (LD) nursing students. Since that one event my student nursing opportunities have exploded.
This year we have a whole flock of new student nurse editors to take the helm of Student Nursing Times.
When I first asked Nursing Times about writing a few articles I had no idea that I was lucky enough to approach them just as they were creating Student Nursing Times.
When I was asked to write a weekly article this time last year I had some preconceptions about the audience I was talking to.
I want to talk about the often unseen support that helps students get through their three years of training. Support that is beyond colleagues and services at your university.
In my experience, the most flamboyant and interesting have been the consultants.
I used to think that student nurses were fragile and needed to be nurtured to develop into confident and competent nurses of the future.
Being on a course which is mainly assessed by essays and nursing practice has made me a bit complacent.