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…”

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.”

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!”

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?”

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.”