I am now six weeks into my training and loving every minute of it.
I feel like I am learning so much at the moment and the time is racing by but I know I still have a very long way to go.
I recently had my first practical session - moving and handling - which I thoroughly enjoyed.
It was great to learn something hands on that I can directly transfer to practice when I go out on placement. I found that simulated learning using fellow students to act as patients is a really valuable experience as it allows you to see things from the patients perspective and gives you an appreciation of how vulnerable and anxious the may be feeling.
I think this of real importance in nursing because it gives you the understanding necessary to be able to stand back when someone becomes angry or upset and realise that it is not targeted at you specifically but is just an expression of frustration at their lack of control over the situation they are in.
Stepping back into theory, I have successfully completed my first group presentation since starting university.
As a group of four student nurses we were tasked with creating a twenty minute presentation focussing on a health promotion topic of our choosing. We decided to look at childhood obesity as it is high on the government agenda and a popular topic of media attention. I am pleased to say it all went very well and as a group we received some excellent feedback.
I was a little nervous about working with a group of people I didn’t really know on a project like this however I am glad to say it was a very positive experience.
Everybody put 100% into it and we all worked well together and were able to bounce ideas of each other and motivate each other. I think that group working can be a really good way of learning as different people have different ideas and everybody has a slightly different take on an issue so you all learn from each other.
Following this first assessment I am motivated to continue working hard and enjoying the course and can’t wait to put my learning into practice when I go on placement after Christmas.
Ashley Needham is a student nurse at De Montfort University in Leicester.