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.”

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”