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Nichola Armstrong

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  • Comment on: Hollywood film inspires new scheme to retain newly qualified nurses

    Nichola Armstrong's comment 5 March, 2018 8:53 pm

    What a fantastic idea. I’m due to qualify August/September time so am often looking ahead to what is in store for me. After being in placements & working as an HCA I can see the difficulties with increased patient numbers & staffing issues leading to newly qualified nurses not receiving the preceptorship they are expecting & need. Anything that helps all concerned is great.

  • Comment on: Student nurses fall by 2.6% in England, official figures reveal

    Nichola Armstrong's comment 10 December, 2017 8:49 am

    I'm a final year nursing student who thankfully isn't paying tuition fees however my daughter has applied for Child Health Nursing starting Sept 2018 & she will be paying. I am proud of her for deciding to become a nurse but I am also worrird about the financial burden she is taking on. This career can be so rewarding but it comes at a cost not only financially but mentally & emotionally.

  • Comment on: A practical approach to the process of writing a dissertation

    Nichola Armstrong's comment 13 October, 2017 5:43 pm

    I am a 3rd year student nurse embarking on my dissertation so found this article interesting. It is true, most students do feel nervous and overwhelmed at the thought of writing a dissertation especially on top of other assignments and being in practice.

  • Comment on: Matron receives award for telling ‘powerful’ abuse story

    Nichola Armstrong's comment 20 December, 2016 5:07 pm

    I attended a Schwartz round at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust back in July. The subject was returning to work after a personal bereavement.

    My Mum died on 29th June this year suddenly & unexpectedly at the age of 58. Needless to say my world has been turned upside down. At the time of my Mum's death, I was a first year student nurse on placement at the hospital.

    Besides the grief I was feeling at losing my Mum, I was worried about returning to the hospital as a student nurse. The sights, smells & noises conjured up memories of visiting my Mum in the mortuary. How could I ever imagine feeling comfortable & at home in the hospital ever again?

    A fellow student nurse & my best friend asked me to go along the Schwartz round, she herself had been in a similar situation to me 2 years previously.

    I shared my situation with the group, my heart was beating so fast with emotions & nerves but I managed to control them. The support, understanding & empathy I received from the group was overwhelming.
    I felt I had taken a step towards being able to continue with my nursing career.

    I made up the hours I missed during my compassionate leave 1 week after the Schwartz round. I felt it gave me the courage to go back & try. On my first day back I met a lady who had talked about her personal bereavement & she hugged me.

    I am now half way through my second year, I have low days but am slowly managing to live this new life without my Mum. I know attending the Schwartz round helped me to go back into the hospital surrounded by my colleagues who said me of which are feeling the same as I am.

    Anyone who has the opportunity to attend these fantastic events should.