Being a second-year student, I feel overwhelmed with all the information that goes into my mind.
Sometimes I feel that my mind goes blank, but when I complete a test, I feel that I must have retained some of my learning. It has been hard in this first semester, as you are bombarded with so much information and there is only so much you could take in.
However, I feel that I have learnt so much in so little time. I constantly read and find this helps me a lot.
“I have learnt new ways of coping”
Being a student is all about planning and working under pressure, and I feel that is a skill that all nurses have to work towards, although at times it stresses me.
I have learnt new ways of coping, which help me when I am stressed. I would ensure that I remove myself from my studies and would often go out or even watch something that would take my mind off studying.
My biggest fear this year so far has been placement, having read blogs and talking to students about bad mentors, and this frightens me.
I am due to start placement and, without a doubt, I am excited, but can honestly say I am also worried.
I cannot stress out enough about the thought of meeting my mentor for the first time. It makes me feel sick, anxious and worried. However, I always ensure that I make myself feel better by reassuring myself and even talking to myself.
I would say things to myself such as “it is good to meet other people whether they are good or bad, as this can be a good learning curve and it will make me stronger. I won’t let anybody defeat me”.
I even pray in my heart. I feel that it gives me a good vibe before attending my placement, although I still feel the most challenging part of placement is the mentor and the first meeting. The looks from the mentor we get when the student takes the PAD documents to get signed.
I have also met many people who have been so fortunate in their placement, and this is positive to hear. I keep reminding myself that when I am a mentor, I will ensure that I make the student feel that I am approachable. It is very important for student to have that feeling.
Life at present for me is challenging, as before I start placement I plan to meet all the support tutors for the assignment and make sure that I get enough information.
I tend to make it fun at home with my children by having study sessions and this involves them, while at the same time helping me to revise and feel that I am still engaging with them.
“Postive thinking is the way to go”
The best way to learn I’ve found is with flash cards, which I cannot do without. I always write things to remember and even carry them with me in places, where I feel I might have some time to revise – such as when taking the kids to activities.
I am quite good at planning. It motivates me and I always make sure that I seize when the time is over. As we all know, when we are completing an assignment it can carry on for a long time.
Well, future nurses, I wish you all the best. We will achieve the end and positive thinking is the way to go as students.
Do not stress if you are unsure. Do not feel ashamed ask for help. This will take us all a long way.