Last week, our online editor Nadine and I sat around a phone calling student nurse after student nurse. We had to find four new student editors for Student Nursing Times (one for each branch) and had decided to dedicate an entire day to phone interviews. That morning we each downed a strong coffee and braced ourselves for a very long day.
Six hours later we couldn’t remember what we were worried about. Every student nurse we spoke to reminded us of the incredible job they are working towards - and also reminded us why we had chosen to work on a nursing journal. To say their enthusiasm was infectious would be an understatement – their positive outlook would be a huge asset to any placement lucky enough to have one of our interviewees on board.
At a time when nursing is under fire from negative stereotypes pushed by media portrayals, it would be easy for those considering a career in the profession to be put off. In fact, applications for places on nursing courses have never been higher.
Being a student nurse is not easy. On placements you constantly feel like you’re in the way, unsure what you should be doing or whether you’re doing things right, and have to adapt to a new team every few weeks. I know I wouldn’t volunteer to go through that again.
But while they might not feel they are contributing in any way, students who are committed and enthusiastic are always welcomed with open arms. They might double workloads – and they have certainly done that for us this week – but by reminding us of why we do our jobs in the first place they make themselves invaluable.
And if you’re wondering how the interviews went, we found four great editors, although it was incredibly difficult to choose as all those we interviewed had the right qualities. We’ll be letting them loose on Student NT from 9 September.