If you could just say one thing to a new student starting out what would it be? If you look back and remember your student days, what advice or information would have been helpful to have known as you started? Or if you are fully immersed in your course now as a second or third year nurse, I imagine you would have some ideas about what you would say to someone starting out if you had the opportunity.
I was thinking that perhaps I would advise a new starter to be prepared to encounter things that will be distressing – make sure you get support when you need it. This is because even now 25 years later I can clearly remember some of my early encounters with patients and their struggles with their long-term and debilitating conditions. And how difficult that could be as a 19 year-old.
Or perhaps it would be something more with a more educational slant – Keep on top of the work as there is lots of it coming and once you are on placement you will be too exhausted to do much else.
But on reflection I wonder if I was only allowed to give one piece of advice it would not be earth shattering or even very profound. It would be “invest in a good and comfortable pair of shoes”.
What would your one nugget of advice be to new student nurses?
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