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.”

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!”

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.”