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How to write for Student Nursing Times

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We are always on the look-out for enthusiastic student nurses to write blogs for Student NT, read on to find out how you can get involved

Writing for Student NT can be a great way to reflect on your practice and share your experiences with fellow students; it also shows your commitment to nursing and demonstrates your initiative – fantastic to talk about in job interviews!

But blogs should be very different from anything you’d hand in at university. Their primary aim is to engage and entertain, rather than to teach or demonstrate knowledge.

This is the most common mistake our student writers make!

“We often have to go back to the author and ask them to forget everything they’ve learnt about writing since starting uni”

We are often sent beautifully written essays that clearly deserve high marks, but we have to go back to the author and ask them to forget everything they’ve learnt about writing since starting uni and “de-academise” their writing.

This doesn’t mean dumbing-down. It simply means using a different style of writing that is more similar to how you would speak if you were telling someone about an experience. We think it’s a more fun way to write, and it’s certainly more interesting to read!

The blogs we publish are on a range of subjects – news and events affecting students, experiences on placement, stories from the exam room – anything you think will be of interest to other student nurses. We tend not to tell you what to write about for the simple reason that as a student nurse yourself, you’ll always know better than we do what’s currently of interest to other student nurses.

“You’ll always know better than we do what’s currently of interest to other student nurses”

Most importantly, you should bring yourself into the blog. Our most popular blogs reflect the author’s own experience .

Ask yourself: How do YOU feel? What part did YOU play?

Your blog will need to be no longer than 500 – 600 words. It’s a good idea to have a look at what’s already up before you start writing.

Ready to send us your blog?

Simply email it over to Ibadete: ibadete.fetahu@emap.com

Get in touch if you have any questions!

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  • I'd like to find out more details about writing for student nursing times. I start uni in september. Would be interesting in writing a timeline of progression through uni, from before starting through to graduation and employment? Thanks, Emma.

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  • Hello, my name is Emily- I start my degree in mental health nursing in September. I am wondering when I can start blogging? I am very interested! I feel currently I could even give advice as a pre-student nurse .e.g. interview preparation, work experience to get and extra curriculars, books to read, the kind of person a nurse is and so on.

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