Rebecca Kidman undertook the role of student nurse editor for mental health branch from September 2014-15
I applied last year because I wanted to be a voice and role model for other student nurses.
Throughout my course I always ended up having a moan about the issues I faced and I wanted other students to feel they were not alone in facing them!
The role has allowed me to network, not just with my fellow SNT editors but other students and professionals nationwide, listening to the issues they face as students.
Hosting twitter chats has been an exciting opportunity to engage with students and nurses nationwide.
Going to the awards was a fantastic experience, I presented awards on stage and met inspiring nurse leaders. I even spoke to Peter Carter, former RCN chief executive, before he stepped down.
It is interesting to see the editing and process of publishing a professional blog. I have even helped with shortlisting candidates for awards.
It has been difficult at times with the workload, making sure I had a topic ready and sometimes having writer’s block.
However, if you manage your time well, you will be fine. I’d urge you to apply.
Being an editor has helped me use my voice and created more opportunities for the future.