Sarah Jones, adult student nurse editor
“Hello! I’m Sarah, and I am now your adult branch student nurse editor.
I’ve just finished my first year of my adult nursing degree, and I’m loving it. I had a bit of a roundabout route into nursing. After changing my mind about a career in politics (which would have been terrible for me and the country) and dropping out of university, I finally realised that this is the right thing for me. It’s exhausting, exhilarating, distressing, terrifying and chaotic, but it’s also absolutely brilliant. No other job could be as rewarding, and frankly, as bonkers as nursing.
I resisted the idea of becoming a nurse for quite a while, as I come from a very long line of very impressive nurses. All of whom delight in telling me tales from the days students were left running the ward and matron ruled with an iron fist. But I now have the chance to prove that students these days can be just as good, if not better than their predecessors.”
Michelle Parker, learning disabilities, student nurse editor
“I am in my second year at York university, I am 42 years young, married with five children and two beautiful grandchildren.
I was quite a successful business woman and one day I broke down, not in a car but mentally. It wasn’t a small breakdown where the AA come and tow you home, I’m talking about having to be admitted to a psychiatric unit for nearly six months. Similar to a car, I was stripped down and put back together, my engine was nursed by an amazing team who believed in me and kept me out of the scrap yard.
Now, here’s the really honest bit; I only applied for learning disability nursing because I had a spare choice on my UCAS form and I knew that adult nursing wasn’t for me. The day before my interview I read up to ensure I had something relevant to talk about. After a very emotional two hours reading, my passion was ignited, I decided to turn down a mental health nursing interview because learning disability nursing had chosen me.”
Mikey Whitehead, child, student nurse editor
” ‘What made you choose paediatrics?’ This is one the most popular questions people ask me. It’s simple really, there was a eureka moment! It came when I visited some friends of my wife (about four years ago) who have a child with cerebal palsy. I was introduced to him and he smiled and made eye contact with me. That was all it took.
I want to help others who are not in a position to help themselves and I want to make a connection: simple. If you’re a paediatric student nurse you’ll probably say there is nothing quite like making a connection with a sick child. You might also say that there’s nothing like making a sick child smile and taking away their pain, if only for a second or two.”
Natalie Moore, mental health, student nurse editor
“Hello, I’m Natalie and I’m really excited to be the new student mental health editor. I’m about to enter my second year of being a student nurse and I’m looking forward to seeing what the next twelve months have in store for me.
My interest in mental health began when I studied psychology at A Level, a subject I found absolutely fascinating. At the same time I was working as a tutor with children aged 5-14. It was a job that I absolutely loved and I knew I wanted to combine my interest in mental health and working with children from then on.
It was a relief to see that my cohort came from different backgrounds, both academic and professional. It just goes to show that everybody has different skills they can bring to nursing.
I spent a year gaining experience as a support worker with mental health and learning disabilities, then took the plunge and applied for the course. Becoming a student nurse is by far the best decision that I’ve ever made. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a challenge but I’ve honestly enjoyed every step of the way.”