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.”

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”

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.”

Considering the Potential Resurgence of Eugenics

Recent world events have quite rightly caused me, and much of the rest of society, to consider our relative privileged status. And reflect on the fact that minorities within society face significant challenges in their lives that many people may not even have realised existed.  Pleasingly this seems to have led to an increase inContinue reading “Considering the Potential Resurgence of Eugenics”

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.”