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'Third-year students, you are not alone'

Hannah Simpson
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I have recently entered my third year of university where I’m studying to be a learning disability nurse. 

Since starting third year I have had a lot to think about and I thought I would share my thoughts to let any third-year nursing students know they are not alone.

Although I have had two years experience of being a student learning disability nurse, it wasn’t until my most recent placements where I had the opportunities to have more responsibility.

Now I am in my third year and the expectations are even higher. I am left questioning whether I will be good enough. I put these feelings of self-doubt to the idea of not being a student nurse anymore but a qualified nurse in less than a year.

Although, I am nervous for my student journey to be ending, I am determined to be the nurse everyone expects me to be.

Since the launch of the dissertation module, lecturers and previous students have given us words of advice: “Start your dissertation early”. I encourage you all to follow this advice as well.

“There is one year left of being a student nurse so make the most of it”

Start your dissertation as early as possible, as the last thing you want is to be going to placement and having to complete your dissertation at the last minute.

I’m not suggesting spending hours at your laptop, but an hour a day to make a good start should put you in a good place to submit it on time.

There is one year left of being a student nurse so make the most of it. You have one year left to do anything that you wanted to do before you are a qualified nurse.

If there are opportunities to go on a global trip, be a student ambassador or any other passions you have, then do it while you have the chance.

To be able to become a qualified nurse there is a requirement to have at least 2,300 practice hours. If you are worried you will have difficulty meeting this either due to illness, unexpected leave or any other reasons, then speak to someone now. By letting someone know,  you are able to put a plan in place for your last few placements to help you complete the necessary hours. Don’t wait until the last minute

I have made it to the last year of my course and although the journey has been long and challenging, I am here. Be proud of yourselves for reaching this stage of your journey because you are nearly there.

I am cheering for all of the third-year student who are nearing the end of the student journey with me because we can do this.

Hannah Simpson is a third-year learning disability nursing student at De Montfort University

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