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'I am now ready to start the final year'

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I am at the end of my second year and at my final placement, this has given me a good insight of my strengths and weaknesses and where I would like to be in my third-year placement to gain the skills required.

This year has been challenging and I cannot stress enough how good planning is crucial in the second year.

My spokes placement has been in different settings this year and this has given me an opportunity to gain multiple exposure in different areas. One of my placements has been in public services and I was amazed to see the collaboration and team working. It was interesting to be a part of the team and gain knowledge in these areas.

The disadvantages that I observed have been the long waiting lists in accessing services after the assessment is carried out. Reducing waiting times would benefit the people that require these services such as wellbeing and healthy minds.

The most important skill in mental health nursing is having the ability to build a good therapeutic relationship. This can be  challenging depending on the severity of the illness. Being a good listener and having effective communication skills is vital to building a therapeutic relationship.

At times, the person only wants someone to listen to them and be there for them. Building a patient-nurse relationship is a skill that is different for every individual, everyone one has different approaches when carrying out therapeutic engagement.

In placement this has been one skill that has been used at all times. This has proven to be beneficial in gaining information to support the needs of the patient.

I will be starting my third and final year in a few months, I am very excited and looking forward to be a nurse. Knowing I am near the end of my degree makes me feel motivated and I am fully prepared to tackle the end of this journey. I have learnt so much within the past two years and this has made me stronger, and more assertive and confident as a person.

Being a student, has many advantages and disadvantages, however, one of the main advantages is having the opportunity to work in various places and gaining lots of different skills and knowledge.

The disadvantages are having assignments, exams and presentation and still being on placement at the same time which can be difficult when planning and the difficulty in focusing on placements or assignments.

In addition, this is the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and good planning can reduce the stress of having to manage theory and enjoying practice.

After, meeting the deadlines for the assignment, exam, and the presentation, there is a big relief, however, after a few weeks the thoughts of the results can cause stress levels to rise again.

But, I have come to conclusion that “it is done and dusted”, the consequences will be dealt with after the grades are available. I have also learnt that positive thinking is important as a student nurse. This makes me look at other strategies rather than concentrating on only one. I still feel the need to have a ‘me time’, which can help with de-stressing. 

Finally, this has been a tough year but at the same time, it has been a year that I feel I learnt the most and I am confident with myself. I am now ready to start my third and final year which will give me skills in management.

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