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'Student nurses are a lot more open to debate than I'd thought'

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When I was asked to write a weekly article this time last year I had some preconceptions about the audience I was talking to.

Even though I am a student nurse myself, I used to think that student nurses would work solo, their time consumed by their own work. Instead, I’ve found that most student nurses, like me, love communicating with each other and enhancing their learning.

On Twitter and Facebook you can see student nurses interacting with other students and qualified nurses at every level of the profession. I’ve regularly seen student nurses talking to directors of nursing and even members of the Department of Health.

Students, far from being obsessively consumed with their own work, have demonstrated that they have the time and energy to donate to others. This very website is a testament to that fact. All Student Nursing Times articles written by students in their own time hope to improve the experience of being a student nurse for others.

I can understand why students and nurses sometimes get exasperated when they read articles in the news about the state of our profession, because when you spend as much time as I have interacting and communicating with student nurses you come to realise that the truth is very different.

Do you regularly engage in debates about nursing?

Did you have any misconceptions about student nurses as a whole before joining your course? Have your opinions changed since becoming a student? As always I would love to hear what people think.

Would you like to contribute to student nursing times? You can email online editor, Nadine Woogara, on

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  • Lovely blog Adam, and yes I agree - I too see students intereacting online and not only getting real value from it but also giving real value.

    This generation are so very lucky that communication barriers are being broken down allowing for information sharing and engagement from top down and bottom up and every which way inbetween.

    It is wonderful to see students engaging in this way, working to improve healthcare right from the start of their careers. You only have to look at the good work done by Mikey Whitehead with #Nurseshift to see that student nurses truly are leading the way ... keep it up !!

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  • Anonymous

    one of the advantages of modern media. people communicate with others and exchange information far more extensively than before particularly young people and students. my cohort in the 70's were only interested in talking about boys and clothes. we were all girls, at a London teaching hospital with 3 'A' level minimum entry. As I was a mature student I found this all very tedious.

    using IT seems a far more dynamic and motivating way to learn which I now use all the time. I think if I had had this opportunity as a student I may have been too easily distracted by so many things of interest. I now enjoy listening to talks and uni lectures via YouTube as well as the TED talks.

    As a student on the wards, if we asked the qualified staff questions many were "too busy" (often out of view in the office chatting to doctors) or told us to go and look it up after work in the library.

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  • Aaron

    Lovely blog entry. Personally, I'm a bit of a special case. My father is a GP and my mother is a nurse, so the average dinner time conversation for us was a debate on this or that healthcare issue; which was always a burden on my sister who has since persued careers outside of the healthcare profession haha!

    I completely agree that most student nurses are up for a discussion, and I've been so lucky to have mentors who are willing to discuss nursing issues with me too. "Is it appropriate for Mr B to get a catheter?", "Mrs S has AF, but her arthritis pain is very bad. Since NSAIDs are contra-indicated, what shall we do?". In fact, I would say that these kinds of discussions are aiding my learning a great deal.

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