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 impact of Covid-19 on new registrants and what this means for our profession’s future.

Now, anyone who knows me knows just how much I hate the warlike rhetoric that is often used when discussing nursing, particularly concerning the Covid-19 pandemic and our reaction as the nursing profession towards it. We are nurses, not soldiers. And we have not been conscripted to fight in the frontlines. I genuinely dislike theContinue reading “The impact of Covid-19 on new registrants and what this means for our profession’s future.”

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?”

The Power of Words

I love words. I love how they have unique sounds, how together they can give anyone power and strength, that they can convey meaning, emotion and passion. Words in song, in poetry or on literature allow you to escape and discover new worlds and different people. Words in law or reporting or policy give usContinue reading “The Power of Words”

A Very Different Newly Registered Nurse Year

Last week I duly paid my £120 fee to the NMC, marking a year since I first joined the register as a Registered Children’s Nurse. I had put it off for a while because the thought of having been qualified for an entire year was beyond belief to me. Last winter, I started my positionContinue reading “A Very Different Newly Registered Nurse Year”

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”

Help! I’m a newly qualified nurse starting in the middle of a pandemic.

I’ve just completed my first four weeks as a newly qualified registered nurse. Like many of you, I’ve taken up my first post, working in infectious diseases, in the middle of the global COVID-19 pandemic. I don’t remember the module that covered starting your career during these “unprecedented times”. And I don’t think anything couldContinue reading “Help! I’m a newly qualified nurse starting in the middle of a pandemic.”