As a student nurse you have a lot on your plate. Assignments, exams, placements, trying to maintain some semblance of a social life and for some people there is also the responsibility of looking after children. The last thing you need is to take on something else, right?
Well providing you haven’t collapsed from exhaustion already, let me tell you why being a Care Maker is one of the best things to have happened to me in my nursing career so far - and I haven’t even qualified yet.
When I first heard that Jane Cummings, the Chief Nursing Officer, was looking for student and newly qualified nurses to volunteer at the annual CNO conference I knew it was something I wanted to be involved in. This was an opportunity to meet hundreds of senior nurses, listen to some amazing speakers and really become involved with the new vision and strategy for nursing.
More than that, becoming a Care Maker allowed me to meet 50 or so other nurses of all ages, from all branches who are as enthusiastic and excited as I am about care and makings things better. Now they have unveiled plans to recruit even more Care Makers and I for one can’t wait to meet them all (even if it’s only virtually).
If you haven’t seen it already, watch the video here (http://www.commissioningboard.nhs.uk/nursingvision/). I dare you to not be humming the music within a few days. This may seem like just another government initiative but the 6Cs are a great way of defining what nursing is all about, no matter what your role or where you work, whether you have been nursing for weeks, months or years.
So share it with your friends, talk to your lecturers about it, reference it in your essays, and ask your mentors what they think. Let’s start as we mean to go on; embedding the 6Cs in everything we do and providing the best possible care we can.