Hello, sorry I have been awol. I have been rather busy juggling nursing and a social life and the social side often becomes about nursing when with my fellow coursemates!
So, they weren’t joking when they said you will eat and breathe nursing were they? I think every single day I am reading about something to do with nursing and a lot of the time it is stuff that is not really related to what I am supposed to be doing….like those two essays I have looming over me which are due in January. Oops. It’s further reading though right?
I finished my first placement and SURVIVED! I learnt so much from clinical to people skills. It was a ward that I don’t think I will go back to in my career but you never know. It was quite specialist and I got to experience working with neonates which was a first for me! My most favourite part was building rapport with the parents and families in the ward and listening to their stories. People are amazing in all sorts of ways!
After I finished placement, I was relieved because I had a little niggle that maybe nursing wasn’t for me. Only a little niggle. And after I had finished, I realised that nursing is for me after all. Sadly, after the first placement a couple of students have dropped out which got me thinking about why this is? One of my friends has quit and is looking at a completely different career; another lady who was on my placement dropped out after our first ever shift. Should there be more stringent ways to find the most dedicated students? Or should we accept that people will always change their minds and circumstances change? I don’t know the answer. I do think it is important to have some experience of hospital or care before you begin a demanding course like nursing but I am not in favour of the recent proposals for applicants to have a year’s experience as a health care assistant. You gain skills that can be applied to nursing from lots of different jobs and roles, however it is important to be aware of the realities of what nursing really is!
I digress. I am really looking forward to going back out on placement in February and I am loving my course. I honestly haven’t been this happy for a long time in my work/career life! Bring on the new year, new challenges and new opportunities.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 🙂