I used to think that student nurses were fragile and needed to be nurtured to develop into confident and competent nurses of the future.
However, as I think about it, I am starting to believe that there is something innately strong and resilient about student nurses.
So many factors conspire against us.
We have huge financial constraints, limited social lives, academic challenges, new and frightening experiences in practice as well as the weight of expectation that we place on ourselves.
It often feels like student nurses undertake a full-time university course while in full-time employment.
But does any of this matter in practice? I think that the way you view a student influences the way you interact with them. If perceived as delicate then we may get more sympathy and support but perhaps not the same level of rigour of moulding than if we were viewed as strong and resilient.
Obviously it will be a spectrum but I’m curious as to where you see yourself.
What type of student do you think you are?