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?”

First day in the numbers in critical care.

Yesterday I worked my first shift in the numbers in intensive care as a newly qualified nurse. After a slightly unorthodox supernumerary period including a seven-week long absence due to sickness, as well as starting in the midst of a global pandemic, I had, in total, around six or seven weeks clinical practice before beingContinue reading “First day in the numbers in critical care.”

An ideal transition…

So, it’s here, you’re doing it, your last placement as a student. I had worried a lot beforehand that I needed to know everything by the end of this placement, and that I would be ‘good enough’, not only for the team, but for my own expectations. But that first day in blues came around,Continue reading “An ideal transition…”

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.”

Welcome to RCN Newly Qualified Nurses

This week, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Newly Qualified Nurses launched on Twitter, reaching over 1000 followers in its first 24 hours, demonstrating the need for the voice of newly registered nursing professionals to be heard both within the College and the wider nursing profession. The Twitter site is targeted at all final yearContinue reading “Welcome to RCN Newly Qualified Nurses”