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'Just saying 'hello' can be really valuable'


Student nurse, Christine, thinks it’s the little things that make a difference …

At the RCN Congress I met loads of fellow students that feel as passionate about nursing as I do.

The one student that has stayed with me is Molly Case. She read a poem that she had written about student life today and I agreed with every word.

 Every day that I come to work as a student is a day I am rewarded

“We do this job for strangers, and we feel so passionate about it.” I look back at the congress seeing all those passionate members and for that I look back and smile.

Every day that I come to work as a student is a day I am rewarded, being able to meet new people and make a difference to their lives. I never thought that I would have such an impact on people’s lives until I became a student nurse and for that I am grateful. No matter how hard the shift, I always go home with a smile on my face as I know that I have made a difference.

I remember the first week of placement as a third year student, I had a bay full of patients to look after, and all day I tried my best to talk to every single one of them and make them laugh and smile.

One lady in particular made the whole bay laugh as we spoke. And the next day when I returned they were happy to see me back. So even though I was looking after another bay of patients I still went in to talk to them again.

It’s little things like that, that make a difference. Things like talking, combing a patient’s hair or just saying hello can be the most valuable.

It is not all bad in this career that we are heading towards, there are some passionate, caring and kind nurses and student nurses that I have met and I hope that there will be more in the future.

Us students are the future. Thank you to all the nurses and student nurses that have helped me in my training. I hope that some day I can be a role model like you all.

Christine Haycock is a third year adult branch nurse studying at Wolverhampton University.


Readers' comments (3)

  • Well said Christine, you will make a wonderful nurse.

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  • fantastic post and very well written article, Christine. nobody could put the important things that matter to patients and colleagues alike more succinctly and compassionately than you have here.

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  • Christine Haycock

    Thank you for your comments. I just say how i feel I always try and make sure that my patients know that I am there for them and when i talk to them and make them smile it makes me smile too

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