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 email@example.com.