Ignore the negativity and bad press - the future of nursing is in good hands. Nursing Times resident student nurse Katrina Michelle Rowan has plenty of reasons to be cheerful.
My cohort is GREAT. Wondering to write my next blog about, I laughed with my friend about simply writing it about our own cohort. But I want to share with everyone just how good it is to be a student nurse. There has been so much negativity and bad press concerning nursing students recently, and sometimes the brilliant things are overlooked.
I can honestly say that embarking on my nurse training has been one of the most positive and rewarding experiences of my life. My cohort has approximately 120 students in it, in my study group there are 21 of us. We are an eclectic group, coming from a wide range of backgrounds, a wide range of ages and a wide range of life experiences.
Over the past few two years we have celebrated births, marriages, and milestone birthdays together. We have also said goodbye to members of our group who decided to leave or take some time out from the course. We have supported each other through marriage hicccups and break-ups, we have laughed together, cried together, celebrated together and commiserated together.
We have watched each other develop and grow into nurses. We have bonded as a group in a way that I never thought was possible. We care about each other and have made friends that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.
I know just how hard my colleagues and I have worked to get to this point. This doesn’t just apply to my group at the University of Central Lancashire, I think each and every student deserves recognition and respect for the hard work, determination, passion, enthusiasm and hours of studying that being a student nurse involves.
When I graduate I will be so proud to share that moment with all the students that started this journey with me back in April 2008. I have been lucky enough to work with some amazing and inspiring qualified nurses while progressing through my course.
During the past two years I have also been lucky enough to meet some amazing & inspiring students who have given me courage and supported me through the rough days. I truly believe that if my small group of student nurses is even just a tiny reflection of the dedication of nursing students across the country, then I would be proud to work with any one of them when I qualify.