Having left a career in the Royal Air Force to pursue nursing, I keep ask myself again and again if I am making the right decision?
Regardless of employment background, I am sure I am not the only one questionning themself endlessly.
Will fit in with other students? Will I be able to excel academically, as well physically during placements?
I have encountered mental health throughout my life with several close family members and can think of both positive and negative encounters. Like many, I want to make a difference and help change peoples’ perspectives of mental health… but can I?
What if the apprehension and nerves get the better of me? Or what if I can’t connect with people?
Each question seems to lead to so many answers in my mind, but until I’m out there experiencing it, my imagination and apprehension is all I have to go on.
I feel prepared; I bought a new Macbook Air, stationary and a diary to note everything down and be organised.
“I’ve been under pressure before in my old job but this feels different”
I’ve joined all the groups on facebook and already started to make friends - I’ve even had a big night out with the future students before we even go to Uni!
I’ve been under pressure before in my old job but this feels different - I could change a life. I am changing my life and my advice to other student nurses is to embrace it. Take the good and the bad, learn from errors, learn from praise and most of all, have confidence in yourself.
I know sometimes that can be hard, even now my two year old daughter can look through me and give me that stare as if she knows my deepest darkest fears and I feel myself tense a little, but isn’t that part of the joys of life?
We take everything in our stride and be the best we can be.
Students have many tools available to them to make the uni experience that little bit easier. Go the library, talk to tutors, mentors and service users and most of all ask others about their experiences.
If you feel like you are struggling then speak up! Don’t let it wear you down, join a study group or ask someone who is strong in a certain subject to go over things with you.
I am sure everyone will feel the same, we’re all in this together, we start together and finish together. Our lives and professions are just starting, so take charge, work hard and reap the rewards of an amazing career at the end.
After all - it’s only three years!
Sophie Broady is about to start her first year studying mental health nursing at Lincoln University