These four individuals will be representing their own branches of nursing, working together to explore the ups and downs nurse training and to challenge negativity towards the profession
Vicki Abrahams, representing adult branch
Hi! I’m Vicki, I’m 25 and I am studying Adult Nursing at Birmingham City University.
I have a degree in IT and used to have a good but not very exciting (!) job in the IT industry. I’ve wanted to study nursing for years but never felt brave enough to take the plunge and make the u-turn! After witnessing bad practice in the care of my Gran, I decided it was time to make a difference and I quit my job and moved to Birmingham from sunny Manchester!
My passion is to help the older adults within our community and ensure that they receive the help and support they need.
I want to work within the community once I have qualified and I hope this will enable me to support people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.
I am very excited to be chosen as the Adult Branch Student Nursing Times Editor. I love to write and I also want to get more involved in the nursing community.
Being a student nurse can be intimidating at times and I hope this role will increase my confidence and knowledge. I hope that my writing will help others by being honest about the realities of studying and how to cope with the pressures.
Rebecca Wallett, representing learning disabilities branch
I’m Rebecca, but please call me Becs; I’m only ever called Rebecca when I’ve been naughty!
I am your new student editor for 2015/16 for the learning disability sector, but I’d like to think that I can reach out to all nursing branches through my blogs. I am in my second year of learning disability nursing at the University of Hertfordshire however I’m actually based at a satellite campus in Oxford. We are a small class of around 20 students and I am one of the “little ones” in my cohort at 19 years old.
I’d like to be able to say that I always wanted to be a nurse but that would be a lie. Amazingly for a significant part of my childhood I wanted to be a weather lady – yes the glamorous ones you see on channel 3 every evening!
I started my nurse training after studying health and social care for two years and I’m currently working part time as a support worker for a charity for individuals with learning disabilities.
Now would probably be a good time to mention that I am the queen of moaning, so the opportunity to get my voice heard through this role makes me very excited. However this isn’t all about me and in a way I want to share this opportunity with you all, get you involved in my blogs, share your ideas and I’d love to be able to get the individuals we support involved too.
I love what I do as both a student nurse and as a support worker and I am confident that although the addition of student editor means more work, I know I’m going to love it.
Danielle Garrington-Miller, representing childrens’ branch
After my A levels, I did the Access to Nursing and Midwifery course then gained a place at the beautiful University of Nottingham.
Subsequently, I struggled through my first year with the same exuberance as a butterfly trying to escape its chrysalis (inspiration for “So, you’ve got the ‘Far Placement’”) and fluttered through my second year ending with a placement which almost broke my metaphorical wings.
During my second year I had the good fortune of being guest editor for yourselves and now this year I’m 22 and ready for my final year and also hold other roles including: course rep for the second year running and president of my university’s ‘Nursing and Midwifery Association’.
I hope my varied experiences, brutally honest wit and perspective inspires thought, discussion and maybe even starts a cross university support network whereupon friendships are made. I would say my writing style is honest, gritty and holds a sprinkle of flamboyance and humour-which should make you crack a smile and me prove to be a relatable editor (fingers crossed).
The years of being a student nurse can feel as though the world is on your shoulders. I hope to be cathartic, informative and constantly remind you all that you don’t have to do it on your own.
Best of luck with whichever academic year you are starting, and a special shout out to the first years and perspective student nurses!
Please, at any time leave me a comment and ask me a question! Well done on getting to wherever you are now and I look forward to embarking on this years expedition with you!
Hazel Nash, representing mental health branch
Hi! My name is Hazel and I am a second year student nurse at Birmingham City University.
The last 18 months have swept over me like a huge wave of emotion. Nothing can prepare you for some of things you’ll see (or smell) as a student nurse.
I’ve laughed with service users, cried with service users and even been sung a Craig David medley by one of my service users.
It’s been a rollercoaster.
It’s not been easy and at times I’ve questioned why I gave up a good job in order to start the course. Despite the doubts, I’ve become stronger, wiser and kinder.
What helped me through were my fellow student nurses: the people I called at 3am in tears and in whose backseat I panic-ate chocolate digestives after a rough 13 hour shift.
As a Student Nursing Times Editor, I hope I can pass on the little experience I have. You are strong, you are wise and you are kind but, most of all, it is absolutely okay to sit eating cheese with your hands on your kitchen floor at 3am because, however dark things seem, the next morning is always brighter.