After much anticipation, the first week of my nursing training is over; only 155 more to go until I’m qualified
So for any prospective nursing students or those who are starting this September the following is what you have to look forward to:
1. You are choosing a lifestyle, not just a job - Nursing is a vocation, something that you carry with you into every area of your life. Nursing is not just something you do to pay the bills, but it is a part of who you are as a person, part of your identity.
2. The workload for the next three years will be intense and stressful at times - I already have work to do after just one week. Don’t underestimate how much there is to know and learn.
3. The people you meet on this course will be your best friends, your supporters when you’re struggling, and your future colleagues, so make an effort to get to know the people on your course, as they will be essential in helping you get through your training.
4. Your three years will go incredibly fast - Before I know it I will go from a student to a qualified nurse. So I am trying my best to enjoy every moment and remember where I started so that I can reflect on my progression at the end. Looking back on my blogs in three years will be very interesting.
5. This profession will challenge you - That is what makes this career exciting; it will stretch you as a nurse, and as a person.
6. You need to learn to look after yourself - Part of being a nurse is health promotion, so it seems only right that I practise what I preach and take care of my own physical and mental health in order to be the best nurse I can be.
7. You won’t be the same person at the end of my training - Every lecturer keeps telling us how we will change for the better over the course of the next few years. Take advantage of everything on offer to you at university.
8. Appreciate your days off - It can be very overwhelming in the first week to take everything in and see how much there is to do on the road to becoming a nurse; therefore it is important that you take time out to enjoy yourself.
9. The responsibility of being a nurse is huge - Once qualified I will responsible for people’s lives. I will be in charge of their care. I found the following quote online - I’m not sure who said it, but I love it; it’s definitely something that will help me with revision when the time comes:
“You are not studying to pass the exam… You are studying for the day when you are only thing between the patient and the grave”
10. You are not ‘just a nurse’ - In the majority of situations I will be the health professional who knows the most or who is able to inform others. Nursing is a highly respected profession in its own right and you should be proud and never think that you are ’just a nurse’.
I believe this profession is one of the most thrilling and varied out there, but you have to be committed to succeed as this degree course will challenge you. That being said, I am very much looking forward to the next three years and all of the excitement that follows.
Louisa Davies is a current student nurse
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