Blogs by student nurses for student nurses
Now in my final year of nursing, it is time for me and many other student nurses to write our final personal development plan.
I am a ‘mature student’, in my final year of adult nursing. I have many years of experience working in a hospital setting and nursing is all I have ever wanted to do.
Bridges are designed to have a basic function to allow people to move from point A to point B with minimum risk.
Any university degree will be difficult. There is a huge step up from A level or access courses.
'Third-year students, you are not alone'Subscription
I have recently entered my third year of university where I’m studying to be a learning disability nurse.
Going back to university for the second time to study mental health nursing wasn’t an easy decision – not only for the financial side of things, but also because I’ve experienced my fair share of battles with mental illness.
“You won’t enjoy care home nursing.”
'It is important to accept support'Subscription
I’m often the one giving the support to family, friends and my relatively new group of confidants, my student nursing family and to people I may have only just met.
As a student, the thought of clinical placements conjures many thoughts and emotions. They vary between excitement, joy, intrigue, sadness, stress, anxiety and uncertainty, to name a few.
This is my journey of my children’s nursing elective in Arusha, Tanzania, with ‘Plan my Gap Year’, at a government hospital.
I had the amazing opportunity of working with the South Western Ambulance Service (SWAST) while on my elective placement.
'The first week was a huge learning experience'Subscription
I started my first week on my first placement of third year with a feeling of excitement, curiosity and an absolute bag of nerves.
Placement experiences can vary greatly among student nurses for a number of reasons.
As new students pick up their stethoscopes for the first time around the country some may be wondering what will be expected of them. Keith Bradley-Adams offers some advice for not just these fledgling nurses but for all nurses across the UK.
So much has been said since the NHS bursary was scrapped. There is a petition for nurses to be paid the minimum salary started by John Worth but I wonder if it will be acknowledged.
As a student nurse who is in second year, I am terrified, I’m scared of what is due to come when I qualify.
The journey to becoming a qualified nurse is a long, difficult, winding road.
During my time on an oncology ward I had the pleasure of caring for a man who I will name Peter.
‘Twas the night before placement, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse – thankfully – but the butterflies in my stomach seemed to be having a whale of a time.
'We all need compassion and kindness'Subscription
Before my I started my training, I worked for a residential home assisting young adults with profound learning disabilities.
We’ve all experienced it – a team being a member of staff short, our names on the board despite being supernumerary. It’s often difficult for staff to remember that we’re not there to work, we are there to find get relevant, educational nursing exposure.
By a process called psychological continuity, John Locke reasoned that personal identity is bound only to consciousness.
It’s time to dispel the stereotypical global view that the nursing profession belongs only to women.
Student nurses come from all kinds of backgrounds and range in age from school leavers to more mature students.
It is well known that the number of nurses is falling, with experienced nurse leaders leaving the profession.
'Be kind to yourself'Subscription
I am in the midst of the last several weeks of my midwifery degree, and the pressure is on.
Evie Poole reflects on her experience of attending the The Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists (ARNS) 2018 conference.
Times flies when you’re having fun, so they say – or when you’re training to be a nurse.
From PR to ERSubscription
Three years ago I left my fast-paced life as fashion PR manager in London and returned to the green, green grass of home in North Wales to follow my dreams of training as an adult nurse.
'It takes no time at all'Subscription
Working with people at their most vulnerable is an incredible privilege of being a nurse, and with it comes a great deal of power.
'If you're struggling, you're not alone'Subscription
Beth Pink shares her experience of her first placement.
Louisa Davies considers the difficult decisions that health professionals may have to make when considering a child’s care.
Trauma informed care in an acute settingSubscription
Prior to the start of her fifth mental health nursing placement, Maisie Hare had little experience of observing or facilitating trauma work
Restraining a child for clinical procedures Subscription
Having to break a child’s trust by overpowering them to perform a necessary but painful procedure can be upsetting for nurses, says Student Nursing Times editor Desiree Deighton
Student nurse Abbie Jobbling trained and prepared as well as anyone possibly could, but even then found her first resuscitation experience was much tougher than she expected.
Flight, fight or freeze?Subscription
Jessica Sinclair is a student who found herself in the middle of a health emergency… in a bar. Here, she explains what the experience was like, and what she learned about herself.
Remote and rural placement Subscription
Second year student nurse, Tara Tully, is coming towards the end of her placement at the A&E department in the Gilbert Bain hospital in Shetland (the subject of recent BBC series Island Medics)…
In November 2017 Genevieve Elliott was given the opportunity to represent the University of Nottingham nursing school at ‘The International Week’ hosted by Bielefeld University…
Reflecting on my progressSubscription
’On my most recent placement on a children’s medical ward, Louisa Davies had the opportunity to mentor a first year student…
We are always on the look-out for enthusiastic student nurses to write blogs for Student NT, read on to find out how you can get involved
Sophie Johnston, a third year student nurse, writes about her experience in Sri Lanka…
Within every nursing course, student nurses across the UK are learning the theory behind important leadership skills, explains student nurse, Leanne Patrick.
Starting my final year as a student nurseSubscription
Amy Baker’s time as a student nurse is coming to an end, and she’s looking forward to the next step, as scary as that will be…
The little things with the biggest rewardsSubscription
It’s compassion and trying that’s important, says student nurse Ellen Green.
A family member with dementiaSubscription
Kaitlin Currie shares her story about dealing with a family member who had dementia.
"Dear very enthusiastic first years..."Subscription
Claire, a student nurse, wanted to write her own letter to all future students out there.
A Placement With A DifferenceSubscription
Louisa Davies recently undertook a placement at a women’s centre…
Embracing the fleeting moments of third yearSubscription
The beauty of third year is the realisation that we are all going through the process of transition, explains Prudence.
Josie Morgan realised, adventures are the best way to learn…