Here comes 2021.

Those that know me can assure you that I am generally an optimist. However,  just like everyone else, 2020 has pushed this personality trait to its limits. Not only have I just completed my nursing degree and taken a new post during the pandemic, but the lack of socialising with family and friends has reallyContinue reading “Here comes 2021.”

Swimming out of the deep end.

For a second, I had gone blank, not knowing what to write about for the #SmallActionsBigChanges movement. I did not feel like I was in the right frame of mind to write about something positive. Why? Well, I had my first supernumerary week at my first NQN role at the beginning of this week. Then,Continue reading “Swimming out of the deep end.”

There is many in each one of us.

Admittedly when I finally sat down to write my blog, I had conflicting ideas of what I wanted to write about. But when I reflect on my nursing journey, it does take me back to my first week at university. During induction, we had nursing lecturers come and tell us that we had entered aContinue reading “There is many in each one of us.”

Take Time to Look at You…

Working in healthcare can be incredibly stressful for anyone and often everyone, add into it newly registered nurse wobbles, winter pressures, a global pandemic and of course Christmas stress. Christmas is a magical time, a time which also often goes hand in hand with financial worries and maybe the guilt of working away from lovedContinue reading “Take Time to Look at You…”

Use Your Voice.

When we started this campaign, and I sat down to write a blog. I’ll level with you, I struggled with it.  How can I write a blog about being positive when I’m not feeling particularly shiny and happy? The theme behind our campaign is that actions, however big or small, can translate into meaningful andContinue reading “Use Your Voice.”

Just a minute.

As a member of the RCN Students’ Committee and team member of RCNNQN, writing blogs to share is not a skill that comes easily to me. I was wracking my brains to think of an example that I could give to show “Small Actions = Big Changes”. I believe I have achieved a lot professionally.Continue reading “Just a minute.”

Thank you Nurse Bloggers, we need more of you.

I’m writing this because I remember times, which I will likely have again in the future, where I needed someone to tell me that my voice mattered and was making a difference to others. I hope that by the time you get to the end of this blog you will realise that your voice mattersContinue reading “Thank you Nurse Bloggers, we need more of you.”


Many of you will be thinking – what on Earth are RCNNQN and RCN Students up to? Hopefully, the ramblings below will shed some light on our idea, and we hope they will inspire you to join in! What a year – we have heard it repeatedly. And when we meet, all we talk aboutContinue reading “#SmallActionsBigChanges”

New beginnings, new lessons…

On my last blog, I discussed how it felt to be shielding and awaiting to return to the placement and finishing my management hours. So, I finally went back to the ward, and the first thing that I noticed was that everything was different. Personal protective equipment was more abundant than it was in March,Continue reading “New beginnings, new lessons…”

Using mindfulness as a Newly Registered Nurse

Being a nurse can be stressful, I don’t think that’s a secret. It’s also very rewarding and like no other carer but still… stressful. I’m 14 months registered and something that has helped me throughout my newly registered nurse period is mindfulness. Mindfulness is defined by the Cambridge English Dictionary as: “The practice of beingContinue reading “Using mindfulness as a Newly Registered Nurse”