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?”

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”

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…”