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'I'm one of the youngest on my course and feel very inexperienced'


I finally started my Adult Nursing course in September this year.

I am one of the youngest there and I feel like I’m out of place and not half as ‘experienced’. Does anyone else feel like this?

Initially on joining the course I felt quite calm and relaxed. I didn’t get myself worked up, stressed out and I was very boring and didn’t even go out during Fresher’s week!

In fact I was shocked that other student nurses were buzzed up about Fresher’s Week. Already I had started doing assignments, and felt pressured for time!

Things that surprised me …

  • The amount of ‘reflection’ a nurse has to do. And I feel that this will be drilled into me for a long 3 years.
  • How much anatomy and physiology matters. I went to college and took the BTEC course of Health and Social trying to dodge the science behind it all. Silly me, I felt so stupid when doing an anatomy quiz online. So, I have ordered some books and am using internet websites to help boost up my skills in that area.
  • How little time we are in wniversity! To say it is a full time course, we are only in 3 days a week! But I guess that gives us plenty of time to do private research and start our assessments.

 What I expected …

  • A quick paced course. This is an understatement. Already we have been assessed on hand washing techniques and basic life support. Which is great! I am thoroughly enjoying the course up to now. I have plenty of work to be getting on with, plenty of books to buy!
  • Long lectures. And yes that is exactly what I got! It’s two hours of lectures a day, at the least. They give us plenty of breaks and the lecturers try to make it as fun as possible. It’s good how they interact with us and sympathy that we have to sit there and listen for 2 hours at a time.

Well that’s just a month into the course. Let’s see what else is to unfold!

Dannielle Pires is a first year student nurse at UCLAN, Preston.


Readers' comments (4)

  • Dannielle
    You are not alone it is pressure all the way!
    Make sure you buddy up to support and be supported. Dont be competitive amongst your peers, it doesnt do anyone any favours. Learn what you can. All this from someone who is one of the eldest on her course. My children are older than you I suspect. Oldies get equally stressed! But enjoy it, really you have years to develop your skills.

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  • Ashley Needham

    As a fellow young new-entrant to nursing I understand completely how you feel. There are a lot of mature students on my course with a lot of prior healthcare experience. On the flip side they are all very nice people who are happy to share their experiences and help where they can. Also count yourself lucky you are only in uni a few days a week! I have long very busy weeks and only occasionally get a day off! However I love the course so I can't really complain. Good luck with the rest of your training and I hope you enjoy it!

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  • Adam Roxby

    Hello Dannielle
    I can sympathise with you and think you have some great comments.
    All student feel insecure about their own knowledge. However you are in the right place. The Nursing Times is perfect to enhance your knowledge. So ask questions, stay involved and don't forget that we are all on the same path.

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  • Daniella Pires

    Thank you for the comments guys. Really helpful :)

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