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.”

It takes a family: critical care and Covid-19

FAMILY   /   noun  :  “a group of people from a common stock”                                   “ a group of one or more … living together as a unit” TEAM   /  noun  :   “two or more people working together” Team   / verb  :     “come togetherContinue reading “It takes a family: critical care and Covid-19”

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?”