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Why you should apply to be Student Nurse Editor: Child Branch

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Interested in applying to be Student Nurse Editor for child branch? Read what the current editor thinks of the role…

Being student editor has been an experience that has probably affected the course of my career in a way that nothing else could have done.

I never really set out to write publicly, and have never had a blog before or done anything like this, but throughout my first year it became increasingly obvious not just that jobs were in short supply, but that I was probably going to come out at the end with a nursing degree and not a lot more.

Talking to ward managers, they all say that when recruiting staff, they are not particularly interested in what you’ve done on the course- it’s a nationally standardised course so really we all do the same. What they want to know is what a candidate can bring to the role that will be different to every other newly qualified nurse who is applying.

Unfortunately for me, I’m attending a university which is stuck in the 80s- they actively discourage the use of social media and don’t really encourage getting involved with anything other than an essay.

So I thought why not? Apply, see what happens, you never know. And then they picked me!

One year later and I’ve got some amazing things to put on my CV- not just being editor, but being involved in all sorts, from the awards, to the SOS campaign, going to conferences, helping put together the ‘bedpans and bandages’ show on ITV, book reviews and now an elective placement at that holy grail of children’s nursing students, Great Ormond Street.

And of course all the networking and new friends on twitter could never do anyone any harm!

It’s not always the easiest thing in the world- sometimes when you’ve done nothing but night shifts for weeks, there really is not a lot to write about, and sometimes when you do write something, a lot of people don’t agree with you. But while jobs are scarce and life in nursing is hard, you need to take control of your future as early as you can, you never know where any opportunity might take you, and for me it’s definitely been worth it.


Want to know more? Rachael is happy to answer any questions you might have about the application process or the role itself. You can email her at:

Rachael Starkey is Student Nursing Times’ student editor for Child Branch 2013/14

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