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'We all need support, who are you thankful for?'

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I want to talk about the often unseen support that helps students get through their three years of training. Support that is beyond colleagues and services at your university.

I am talking about our friends and family who are so important to us. While we write essays and get our practice documents signed it is our loved ones who anxiously provide the reassurance that we all need from time to time. 

I have spent hours writing essays to get me through another semester but my family have spent just as many making sure my spelling and grammar doesn’t betray me. I have subjected my wife to hearing my assessed presentation over and over until I am sure I have got it as good as it can be.

Part of what drives me to be a nurse is to have a career that means I can provide for a loving and supportive family for as many years as I can. It is my way of saying ‘thank you’ for the steadfast support that they have shown me.

Over the course of your training, who has supported you? Who are you thankful for? How are you supported by your friends and family? How do you show your gratitude? I would love to hear your responses. 

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  • I am thankful for my Husband being so supportive and understanding while I have been cursing and moaning surrounded by books and paperwork trying to write two essays for two different subjects within a two week period. And for cooking dinner for the whole family and washing up aswell... And telling me that I will succeed and make a great nurse...

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  • Anonymous

    my loving parents both in the nursing and medical profession who were my role models, and especially my dad when we had fights after he had painstakingly and so patiently pointed out all the bony prominences and sulci, etc. on the human skeleton and found when he tested me I promptly forgot them all five minutes later. attention in learning was never my strong point. he founded a school of radiology and taught radiological anatomy.

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  • Michelle Parker

    For me it is my amazing husband, who has took over the role of looking after the house and kids. I come home to a tidy house, a lovely cooked meal and I know the teens have been driven around to their various friends. he also gives me emotional support and really believes in me, he is my rock.

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