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'I have to be realistic, it's impossible to know everything'

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Nicola is in the third year of her nursing degree and feeling the pressure

When I started my nursing course I couldn’t wait to be qualified, I thought the three years would drag - but I was wrong.

Now I’m in the third year I feel a mixture of emotions

But with coursework and placements and juggling home life time has passed quickly. So make the most of being a student. Ask those silly questions; ask for help if you are unsure.

Now I’m in the third year I feel a mixture of emotions.

I am excited about the prospect of being a qualified nurse, although I have worries and anxieties. I am definitely feeling the pressure and the demand of placements and the expectations of others as well as my own expectations. Are you feeling the same?

Even with all the placements I had been on I still wasn’t sure

I asked my fellow nurse students how they were feeling about placements. Everyone was different. Some had an idea of what type of nurse they want to be, following their placement experiences. Some liked surgery, medicine and community, however even with all the placements I had been on I still wasn’t sure.

I’ve been worrying about what to choose for my elective and sign-off placement. There has been lots of support from my university including my tutor and placement managers as well as mentor support, but still I feel unsure. I’ve asked myself: where can I get the best learning experience? Where can I challenge myself? Where is the best base for my transition from student to nurse?

I’m not confident yet. I’m a third year student but still I am a student. When I go on placement it feels like the nurses look so professional and confident, knowing exactly what to do. I forget that they have worked on in nursing for a long time, so yes they are experienced but soon I will be too.

I have to be realistic. It’s impossible to know everything in a short space of time.

I must remember that I have worked hard these past two years. I am a good student and I need to believe in my self.

How are you feeling about being in the third year? Everyone has doubts and worries and it’s only natural as we have been under the safety net of the term “student” for three years.

And as the NMC code of practice states “keep your knowledge and skills up to date throughout your working life,” so I haven’t finished learning yet.

Nicola Pountney is a third year Adult Nursing student at the University of Wolverhampton.

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  • I totally agree! You feel pressure to be literally on top of everything from your placement mentors and the University. But that's nothing in comparison to the pressure you put on yourself to literally be super Nurse.

    I think until we take a step back and realise we still have a lot of learning to do which will only come with experience can we actually relax! Then finally believe that the transition from student Nurse to Qualified Nurse is actually achievable!

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