Have you ever been in a situation that made you think about your future and the type of legacy you want to build?
At the Student Nursing Times Awards in May I found myself in such a situation. Ever since, all I think about is the speech given by professor Donna Mead in which she asked the audience of student nurses what kind of legacy they wanted to leave for the next generation of student nurses. I have never felt so inspired.
I keep going over and over what it means to me, reflecting on my first year as a student nurse. Looking back, I did pass my knowledge and experiences on to others in my cohort. I helped them with essays and held study sessions for exams and OSCEs. I also hope to help those just starting their nursing degree to develop.
After hearing this speech I am more determined than ever to pass on my knowledge, everything I have learnt in practice and theory to first year students and anyone else in search of advice as best I can.
What kind of legacy do I want to leave behind? One where I have done my part to support nurses and student nurses to thrive and strive to be the best they can; to know that I have helped mould the future of nursing, even in a small way, would make me proud. I am hoping that I will inspire others to feel the same way that I do, to think about what they will be leaving behind for future generations of nurses.
So what legacy will you leave behind?
Esther Moreland is a current nursing student