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'As a third year nurse I have butterflies in my stomach for a different reason'

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I still remember the first day that I started university, when my life as a student nurse had just begun. I felt the butterflies in my stomach as I stepped into my first lecture. I was shy, quiet and very nervous.

Now I am third year student nurse and just eleven months away from becoming a staff nurse and I still have those butterflies in my stomach but for different reasons.

No more safety net, just me. I feel that I am competent with my clinical skills as some have become second nature to me, things such as washing a patient and doing their observations.

Being a third year student and not yet started my first placement of the year, I am wondering what is going to be expected of me and will I be able to live up to those expectations?

This year is the make or break of me and my life as a student nurse and the pressure shows with the nerves and my confidence, but I continue to do my best. I have met other third year students that have been so much more advanced then me but I know I will get there.

I made a pledge for NHS change day to provide the best care that I can and to maintain patient dignity, and I am trying to live by that pledge everyday I am in the hospital.

Looking back at the person that I was and the person that I have become, I am pleased with how I have picked up skills and become more confident when I am in practice, I hope that my confidence will continue to grow as the year goes on.

The wards that I have been on for placement have opened my eyes to a lot of things, as before this course I was completely new to life in a hospital as all the experience that I had were nursing and care homes. I feel that the staff are very supportive to student nurses and they encourage them to get involved. When I first started this course I was very worried, but now that I am used to life in a hospital I feel confident and I feel as though I am part of one big family.

I suggest that any one that wants to come into training, realises that nursing is not what some people think, it is long hours, tiring but such a valuable job especially when a patient turns around and says thank you, nurse.

 The advice that I can give students that are on their training is to always ask about something if you are not sure, and also to never become over confident as that is when you will start to make mistakes.

 Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, and I hope to share my experiences with you all as my training continues.

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