Most of us know that feeling. You’ve got a new job and you have a huge mix of emotions. Your excited, scared, ready, not ready… I’ve got that feeling now.
To be asked to write a blog for student nurses from my position as a professional officer in a trade union which is made up of lots of different groups feels like a privilege but also brings with it the fear of putting yourself out to all the criticism and complaint that may come back at you.
As a student nurse, you have to face that first day again and again as you navigate through the years of education. You have to learn and adapt to new rules and develop the new language that changes depending on where you’re studying at that particular time.
Some of you will relish the challenge and enjoy the repeated new starts. For others it will be a constant frustration. Hopefully by the end though, the constant ‘new starts’ will stand the nurses of tomorrow in good stead for the world of health care that you”ll soon be working in.
After all even though it’s suggested at times that health care staff aren’t good at change I’d argue the opposite. Nurses work with change throughout their professional lives and this starts in their time as a student.
You have to learn to deal with the new starts, the change of the person you’re delivering care to, the change in ways of delivering the best care, the change in politics that influences how you can carry out your job…
With all this in mind, I hope you’ll welcome me and treat me with kindness as I start this new job, in much the same way that I hope you’re treated when you make that first step into a new ward or clinic.
David Munday is a professional officer for Unite