Find out what the current student nurse editor for adult branch thinks of the role
Becoming the Student Nursing Times Editor for Adult branch last year was a really big achievement for me. I’m always looking for ways to give student nurses a voice so applying seemed obvious but when I saw the role advertised last summer, I remember sitting in my lounge thinking “could I commit to during 2nd year?”
I applied, thinking I wouldn’t hear anything back, not me. What could I offer to other student nurses? Who would want to read my blogs about my own personal journey during my nursing course?
Then, out of the blue, I had a phonecall saying I’d been shortlisted …Well I screamed a little, jumped up and down, and pinched myself!
After the interview when I was told the role was mine, I spoke to my tutors at university. Having their support was paramount, as I didn’t want anything to affect my studies.
I was reassured by my tutors that I would be fine. I had already taken on roles to help me reach out to the wider nursing community, such as being course rep and then a faculty rep at my campus.
It has been a tough year for me on a personal level, juggling my studies with my family life, but rather than adding to this stress, writing my blogs has been cathartic. I have been able to advise and support other students who may have been going through similar ups and downs.
This makes me really happy.
In May I finally met the other three editors when we were invited to attend the Student Nursing Times Awards in London. For weeks I was so excited, but very nervous and apprehensive. I am not the most confident person, but attending and helping out with giving the awards on stage really boosted my confidence.
Being a Student Nursing Times Editor has opened many doors. I began using Twitter on a professional capacity, networking with many key figures in the nursing world, something I would not have not have even thought of doing if it wasn’t for being an editor.
I have felt incredibly supported by the Nursing Times team during my time as an editor, having my blogs proof read, and receiving hints and tips on my writing skills. I’ve been able to transfer these skills to my nursing studies and essay writing.
Blogging is just another way of reflecting, which as student nurses we can all do with more of.
I shall be sad to retire from my student editor role, it has been an amazing year, one I shall remember fondly.
If you are asking “is this role for me?” then give it a go.
Yes it is hard work at times. It’s another thing to juggle with your studies, placements and homelife but, I assure you, it will be one of the best things you could do for your own professional development and for student nurses across the country.
I wish the new editor the best of luck, and I shall look forward to reading your very first blog!
Louise Goodyear is Student Nursing Times’ student editor for Adult Branch 2013/14
Want to know more? Louise is on hand to answer your questions about the role, the application process or anything else only a student nurse editor can answer. Email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org