What Chief Nursing Officer, Christine Beasley, wishes she had known as a student nurse …
“I wish I had known how good a theoretical and practical basis my 3+ years of training would give me. Also it would only be the very beginning of all I would need to learn and develop over my career.
“I wish I had known how quickly my student time would pass ( It didn’t always feel like it at the time ! ) And that I should make the most of every minute.
“I wish I had listened more carefully to my lecturers and mentors and more fully appreciated that they really did know more than me!
“I wish I had realised that the patients I met as a student, and their stories I heard, would remain in my memory for always and that they helped to shape and mature my values and beliefs. I would have listened more carefully.”
“I wish I had realised I would be able to have a career and a family. It was made clear to me in my training I would have to choose. It
was along time ago!
“I wish I had known what a great career I would have….. but perhaps not - the surprises along the way have been great!”
Chrisitine Beasley is the Chief Nursing Officer for the Department of Health.