Student nurse and newly appointed RCN student member of council Stuart Young on the challenges of his final year.
The week started on a high note, a very high note. I am pleased to tell everyone that I am the newly elected student member of the Royal College of Nursing Council.
I came first in front of six other amazing candidates who all helped make a fantastic campaign. It will be a privilege and honour to be part of the student voice within the RCN.
Tuesday saw my first day as a third year student nurse, over the past couple of years I have heard many third year and newly qualified nurses talking about how the third year is a step up from the previous year and as I suppose most students do I took this information with a pinch of salt, thinking that they were exaggerating trying to scare the new group of final year students. They were not. I attended the module launch for the Care of the Critically Ill Adult and from the very outset; we were shown just what a change in learning style we were going to experience.
The key phrase this year is “Preparing you to be a safe, effective and proficient practitioner that uses the latest evidence based practice for the care of your patient.”
The module looks like it is going be a fun and very challenging with five case studies to look at in depth over four weeks, yes that’s right five case studies in four weeks, or as it is now four case studies in three weeks.
This is all heading towards a written examination and a critical care placement, for me this is going to be in theatres which I am really looking forward to.
Along with the background reading and research this week I visited Worcester University to help with student recruitment for the RCN, and I pleased to say that we got 70 new members. Over the weekend I have been to Cardiff to visit my close friend Claire Evans who is the RCN ANS Executive Member for Wales, we spent Saturday at Cardiff Mardi Gras with the RCN and it was great to be celebrating the diversity of our profession and the people we care for.
The Proud badges went down a storm and as we were walking out at the end of the day many people had taken off all the stickers etc that had been given out but still had their badges on display.
I am heading to bed for an early night, it looks like a very busy week ahead.