Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery

Dear nursing student by Daniel Gooding

Dear Nursing Student,

Welcome to the world of nursing. I was in your shoes  three short years ago. Note, I say short, because this time as a nursing student will fly by.

Believe it or not, you are at the beginning of an amazing journey. A career in nursing can take you anywhere, from wards, to advanced clinical roles, into management, research, education, policy creation, and more. I trained at London South Bank University, my partner at the University of Birmingham, and my friends who have studied across all four countries within the United Kingdom.

The tips of surviving university and becoming a great nurse are the same wherever you go;

  • Having good and open communication with yours personal tutor and course director will help you be supported better.
  • At university, you will learn things that you won’t realise just how important they are, but study them, for when you are out on placement, you’ll realise.
  • As you sit in lectures, listen. Read around the subject.
  • Remember, you are not studying to pass a test, you are studying for when all that is between your patient and the grave in you. I found this quote so so motivating through out my training and hopefully it’ll serve you well too.

During your training, you will feel emotions you did not realise existed, but you will also experience amazing moments that will remind you why you started. You are entering the most privileged profession.  We see people as they really are. We see people during the worst day of their life. We see people how they do not want to be seen, sick, struggling and scared. However, you will also be a part of those peoples journey from sickness to health. During your training you will look after the young and older of your branch. You will meet people who will remind you of your people. You will support families to support their loved ones and you yourself will have struggles in your own life through out your training. But I promise you, it’ll be worth it.

I can make a promise too you, you will get out of your nurse training as much as you put in. If you want to get involved with nursing outside of your course, get involved with the Royal College of Nursing. If you want to communicate with nurses around the country, use twitter and look up accounts such as “The Student Nurse Project”(@StNurseProject) and We Student Nurses (@WeStudentNurse). In terms of using social media professionally, I believe you will miss out if you do not embrace it. Take a responsible, not abstinence approach. Speak with lecturers that use twitter and look up the Nursing & Midwifery Council guidance on Social Media.

If I could give you three tips to help you through your placement, they would be;

1. Self care

Do not put too much pressure on yourself, yes, you should absolutely try your hardest, however do not put too much pressure on yourself. Celebrate the small achievements. I know that Thomas Carlyle said “No Pressure, No Diamonds”, however I do not think this is always the right view. Remember, by taking care of yourself physically and mentally is even more important than your course/ communicate with their university, take regular time for yourself because you need to take care of yourself in order to take care of others.

2. Reflect

Keep a diary, a blog or some sort of reflective account. This 30 day challenge has helped me see that whilst originally seem like a chore but once you have developed the habit and being able to read your reflections back, you will realise how far you have come, even after a short placement.

3. Always remember why you chose nursing.

As I have mentioned, nursing is difficult. At times you will struggle and most likely cry. However, that is okay. By remembering why you chose nursing, it will give you strength. Remember what you thought nursing was before you started your degree. On the journey to becoming a nurse, let questions arise, but never doubts.

Enjoy your training, take care of yourself and remember, you can do it!

Yours in nursing,


BSc (Hons) Children’s Nursing

Due to graduate Autumn 2018

What inspired you to write this blog?

The Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery 30 Day Challenge

What is your role?

Third Year CYP Nursing Student -  Leader - Nursing Activist - RCN SIO of the Year 2018


What are your nursing and/or midwifery qualifications?

Third Year CYP Nursing Student


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