Hello to all of the students starting their first years of nursing! I hope this post gives a little bit of confidence for the start of your nursing careers.
Before studying nursing I was not at all academically inclined; I didn’t do any science A levels, which many universities require, and I have to admi my GCSEs were not perfect either. However, since starting this course I have excelled academically, finishing my second year with a first.
What I’m trying to say is that regardless of your background in education, when you find a vocation like nursing that you are passionate about you can, and will, do well. It is a tough course, but many of us had some personal reasons, that made us decide to study nursing and it is these reasons that will push you and keep you motivated through the tough times when you feel like giving up.
”When you find a vocation like nursing that you are passionate about you can, and will, do well”
My biggest lesson since starting my nursing training has been to have confidence in myself. Having confidence as a student nurse is so important in order to get the grades you want on placement and to enable you to gain as many experiences in practice as you can.
If you are able to put your best foot forward during placements, more experiences and opportunities will open up for you. It is not good to be overconfident, and I’m not the type of person to boast that I’m good at something, but I have learnt that on placement, it is very important to be able to show what you know and do what you are best at in order to excel and be able to learn new skills.
”It is very important to be able to show what you know and do what you are best at”
I find that I always lack confidence at the start of each placement, but it is important not to let that get in the way of your progress as a student - every staff member you work with will know that you’re a student and he or she will want to help you learn to be the best nurse you can be.
I hope reading this post has given confidence to those who feel unsure whether they will be able to perform well academically. I know that this time two years ago I was worrying about whether I would be able to complete my assignments and finish my first year, but now looking back I have learnt that if you put in the effort you will be able to make it.
Sarah Savage is in her final year studying child nursing at University of Southampton