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?”

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”

Student nurse reflections on placement teamwork during Covid-19

I am an adult nursing student, and I am in the later stages of my third year. I am also a mature student, and I have found the pandemic challenging, to say the least. In previous placements, I have always found that teamwork allows me to enjoy the environment I am in because I amContinue reading “Student nurse reflections on placement teamwork during Covid-19”

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”

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.”