Critical care as an NQN: The pros and the cons.

Nine months ago I nervously but excitedly went to work or the first time in my new job as a newly qualified staff nurse in critical care. Whilst a student weighing up my options for my first job, I was frequently offered conflicting advice from already qualified nurses; some saying to get more experience on the wardsContinue reading “Critical care as an NQN: The pros and the cons.”

It takes a family: critical care and Covid-19

FAMILY   /   noun  :  “a group of people from a common stock”                                   “ a group of one or more … living together as a unit” TEAM   /  noun  :   “two or more people working together” Team   / verb  :     “come togetherContinue reading “It takes a family: critical care and Covid-19”

The impact of Covid-19 on new registrants and what this means for our profession’s future.

Now, anyone who knows me knows just how much I hate the warlike rhetoric that is often used when discussing nursing, particularly concerning the Covid-19 pandemic and our reaction as the nursing profession towards it. We are nurses, not soldiers. And we have not been conscripted to fight in the frontlines. I genuinely dislike theContinue reading “The impact of Covid-19 on new registrants and what this means for our profession’s future.”

The end is nigh!

Bit of a dramatic statement, but it is genuinely how I feel this year is heading. With five weeks to go until I lose the safety net of being a student nurse, the fear of the unknown is becoming all too real. Being part of a cohort that has completed all placements of 3rd yearContinue reading “The end is nigh!”

A Very Different Newly Registered Nurse Year

Last week I duly paid my £120 fee to the NMC, marking a year since I first joined the register as a Registered Children’s Nurse. I had put it off for a while because the thought of having been qualified for an entire year was beyond belief to me. Last winter, I started my positionContinue reading “A Very Different Newly Registered Nurse Year”