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.”

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…”

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…”

Find your role and your people: An Army nurse perspective

Like everyone, my route into nursing was unique. I served for seven years as an officer in the British Army’s Royal Engineers(RE) before transferring to the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC). My transfer saw me studying in a civilian university away from the military for the first time since joining. I found universityContinue reading “Find your role and your people: An Army nurse perspective”

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!”

My support network

Last weekend, in the early hours of the morning, at the end of a lovely night shift, a patient in my care died. Now, I know we’ve all experienced a patient dying at some point, we’ve all jumped into action at the sound of the emergency alarm. But this was different because this was MYContinue reading “My support network”

Who Really Understands?

Reflecting back on the excitement I felt when I began my nursing journey. How proud I was being accepted into Queen’s University in Belfast. My family were so proud and supportive of me. Fast forward three years on and although they are still extremely proud of me, I question whether they really understand what myContinue reading “Who Really Understands?”

Student nurse reflections on placement teamwork during Covid-19

I am an adult nursing student, and I am in the later stages of my third year. I am also a mature student, and I have found the pandemic challenging, to say the least. In previous placements, I have always found that teamwork allows me to enjoy the environment I am in because I amContinue reading “Student nurse reflections on placement teamwork during Covid-19”

Don’t forget this cohort

I write this the day before I start my first nursing post, it has been a long time coming – five years in fact. Gaining a Bachelor of Nursing in Adult and Mental Health Nursing took four years and before that I completed an Access to Higher Education Diploma in a year while working partContinue reading “Don’t forget this cohort”

Taking the ‘theory route’ during the pandemic.

Start of placement and pandemic… There I was finally on my management placement reminiscing about the last three years of my training and how I got there. Wondering how ready I’ll be after my 450 practice hours. Will that be enough time for me to be an expert on all subject’s general paediatrics? I haveContinue reading “Taking the ‘theory route’ during the pandemic.”