Thinking of applying to be our midwifery editor? Here’s what Anna Merrick ,the first person to take on this role, has to say
Wow, a whole year since I decided to throw myself into my application to be a Student Nursing Times editor!
So much has happened within that year, and writing my monthly blog has been a big part of it. The blogs are almost a testimony to the events I’ve been through, documenting my transition from a new third year to a nearly-qualified.
Writing for Nursing Times has been an incredible experience and one I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to undertake.
“I approached the task as something to be enjoyed”
Writing every month meant that once I’d submitted the draft for one month, I was almost instantly trying to think of a topic for the next, but the actual commitment of the role has been manageable. I tended to write an entire blog in a one hour sitting, and although I always had a rough idea of what I wanted to write about each month, I approached the task as something to be enjoyed, rather than an added stress.
The editing team was extremely open to blog content and style, allowing me to write with personality and ease. It was very dissimilar to academic writing, which ultimately provided a welcome release from the restriction of university formats.
Whilst having my work proof read and edited was a new experience, it was interesting to gain an understanding into journalism and its processes. It is possible that the open and loosely structured framework of the role may be difficult for some writers who like to be given direction, but, in my experience, it fostered creativity and freedom, and I could always gain advice from the team where needed.
“Writing for Nursing Times has been a rewarding and stress-free experience”
I chose to focus the majority of my blogs on very generalised or lighthearted topics, avoiding the difficulty of recounting individual events or blurring the lines of confidentiality and professionalism. Future editors may find it useful to do something similar, although more informative, structured and ‘evidence-based’ blogs are also very important. Protecting confidentiality and professionalism may be a challenge in healthcare journalism, but the process of screening that occurs before blogs are published can reassure future writers.
Overall, writing for Nursing Times has been a rewarding and generally stress-free experience. The role provided a new aspect to my midwifery training, at times being the only positive in amongst the difficulties of the degree.
I have found my own style through the role, and feel privileged to have put midwifery onto a new stage, in a new voice.
- ‘Has it really been three years since I started my midwifery degree?’
- ‘What are you grateful for?’
- What does it feel like to assist in the delivery of a baby?
- ‘This dangerous political situation risks the health of thousands’
- For all its ups and downs, I will never forget 2016
- Sexism in midwifery: why we need feminism
- ‘I want to be this hungry, tired third year who just helped deliver a woman’s first child’