Studying as a student nurse has been a great experience that I wouldn’t change for anything.
But be warned - any thought you may have that nursing will be easy is quickly changed as soon as you start placement and reality kicks in.
My advice to new student nurses would be to manage your time efficiently. Don’t leave your assignments to the very last minute thinking you have time because things don’t always turn out the way you plan. If you hand it in late, your mark may be capped for late submission, which could stop you achieving the best result you could have.
The same applies to placements - being late sends the wrong message and you may miss out on learning opportunities. Always be professional, you represent not only yourself as an individual but also your university.
Carry out some research on the ward you have been placed on before you start your placement, and always try to read up on the ward speciality. Make sure you understand what is expected of student nurses in their first year, and ask your personal tutors or your university if you are unsure of anything.
Tiana Akande is a 2nd year student nurse studying adult branch at Bucks New University