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Why you should apply to be Student Nurse Editor: Learning Disabilities Branch

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Thining of applying to be Student NT’s LD Editor? Find out what 2013/14 LD Editor thinks of the role

It was roughly a year ago when I had an email from one of the lecturers at my university asking if I had considered applying for the role of student editor.

I had seen a facebook post by Michelle Parker, the previous editor, but hadn’t taken much notice. I had assumed that there would be lots of interest from students across the UK and that I would be wasting my time by applying.

I thought I didn’t stand a chance, but the email from Professor Ruth Northway had given me a bit of confidence. I applied and was excited to learn I had been shortlisted.

After a successful telephone interview, I was in and the rest is history.

There are lots of reasons that should have made me think twice about taking on the role as student editor and having limited time was the main one. A monthly blog of a few hundred words doesn’t seem like much to ask, but it’s a commitment none the less.

You’d be surprised at how difficult it is to think of a different topic every four weeks. What usually happens is that you’ll come up with a great idea, only to find that the previous editor has just covered the same issue and you have to start racking your brains again.

I work a lot outside of university and there are times when I would have liked to watch some rubbish on television or just go for a walk, but instead spent my morning trying to come up with a blog.

This might sound pretty negative, but it’s really not.

Looking back on the past year, I wouldn’t change my decision to apply. In fact, I’d happily do it again in my third year.

I don’t suppose it matters what year of study you’re in; your experiences are going to be relevant and valuable to many other students.

What I’m saying is, don’t let the doubts creep in. Follow the advice of that famous sporting brand and ‘just do it’.

The Student Nursing Times team will give you all the support you need and I’m happy help too. Being the Learning Disabilities student editor is sure to look nifty on your CV after qualifying and the range of opportunities it will afford you are certainly a bonus.

Good luck!


Claire Harries is Student Nursing Times’ student editor for learning disabilities branch 2013/14


Find out more about the role and how to apply: Student Nursing Times Editor applications

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