My first year has opened my eyes up to a lot of things.
It is indisputable that nursing forces one to leave their everyday life and problems behind and focus energy on others for 12 hours of the day -dependant on your placement environment obviously.
This has been something that I have personally found empowering and motivating; everyone has their own problems and it says a lot about your character to be able to put these aside and focus on someone else, because you are mature and selfless enough to understand that their needs are greater and you have the power, knowledge and skills to help them.
This goes for all staff in a specialist area who are working towards a common goal. I have been lucky to have placements where staff work together very well and their support mechanisms are fantastic. Of course, I have also been unfortunate enough to have seen less stable structures, which is sad and unfortunate.
It is understandable that personalities do clash, but there is one common goal to focus on - patients, and I honestly believe that if people are able to respect one another’s abilities then these differences would be able to be put aside.
From my experience I have developed the opinion that some nurses are better than others - usually the ones who don’t make a fuss, get on with it, do what is right and don’t expect praise, because they know it is their job and it comes naturally. This is the nurse that I want to be - confident in my actions, but humble too.
First year Common Foundation Programme has given me some exciting ideas about my future career and all the options that are open to our generation of new nurses. Now I am ready for the second year to show me more.
Faye Stevens is a second year studying adult branch degree at the University of Chester.