Absolutely fantastic. Well done. A real inspiration as I’m due to start mine in September.
I have met two directors of nursing. One in a tunic and one in a suit. The one in the suit came over as a bit intimidating. I personally preferred the one in the tunic, it felt like she was one of 'us'. Maybe it wasn't their attire which made the difference. It could just have been that they were two very different women. Who knows?
Comment on: Do risk scores undermine a nurse's intuition?
I feel that this is an area where good and effective verbal communication skills are needed. Obviously scoring systems have their value and their place in our practice, but intuition should never be underestimated or disregarded by other medical staff, especially doctors. Nurses are the ones who live by the bedside and observe those in their care from minute to minute. And if a nurses judgement is that a patient needs to be assessed by a doctor then it should happen.
Comment on: 'Student nurses are good at dealing with change'
Although Student Nurses are good at adapting to change under the 'student' title, I feel that it's a little different to that big change that comes with being qualified. Suddenly the goal posts have moved and you become the one accountable, with the duty of care and that is the bit that I feel makes the difference with this particular change.