At my university, the first year for all nursing branches, paramedics and ODPs is called a common foundation programme. It provided us with the fundamental skills needed for working in healthcare and introduced us to anatomy and physiology, psychology, sociology and healthcare law.
I am in the camp that swears by it. My first ever networking event was the Positive Choices Conference - an annual, free two-day event for all learning disabilities (LD) nursing students. Since that one event my student nursing opportunities have exploded.
This year we have a whole flock of new student nurse editors to take the helm of Student Nursing Times.
When I first asked Nursing Times about writing a few articles I had no idea that I was lucky enough to approach them just as they were creating Student Nursing Times.
When I was asked to write a weekly article this time last year I had some preconceptions about the audience I was talking to.
I want to talk about the often unseen support that helps students get through their three years of training. Support that is beyond colleagues and services at your university.
In my experience, the most flamboyant and interesting have been the consultants.
I used to think that student nurses were fragile and needed to be nurtured to develop into confident and competent nurses of the future.
Being on a course which is mainly assessed by essays and nursing practice has made me a bit complacent.
It may seem an obvious question - of course you shouldn’t allow nurses and students access to their mobile phones while working.
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We have all elected to undertake the course, and obviously want to do the best that we can, but I’m sure none of us want to sacrifice our social life in the process.
It may seem very naive of me to say this but when I started my nurse training back in September 2010, I didn’t really consider the academic process too much - I just wanted to be a nurse.
Having had some prior experience on a care of the elderly ward, sometimes I’ve noticed parts of the medical profession trying to sustain a patient’s life at what seems to be all costs.
On placement the other day I witnessed a practical procedure that left me feeling truly astonished.
There are many rituals and superstitions that don’t have scienfitic basis but take place quite a lot in nursing.
As nurses and student nurses we get used to being put in some quite extraordinary places.
It will come as no great surprise, I am sure, that I decided to enter nursing because I wanted to have one-to-one contact with patients and actually feel as if I was making a positive difference to their lives.