Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery

5 top tips in nursing by Daniel Gooding

Your nursing degree is likely to be one of the hardest undertaking so far.  However, You can do it. These 5 tips, I hope, will be relevant to Student Nurses across the board.

  1. 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.

2. 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 your achievement. I know that Thomas Carlyle said “No Pressure, No Diamonds”, however I do not think this is always the right view. We are seeing an increase in incidences of Mental Health issues. One only needs to look at twitter and you find that student nurses will mental health issues appear to be becoming more apparent. You need to take care of yourself in order to take care of others.

3. 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.

4. Be an activist

This tip comes from Craig Davidson’s tips that you can read here. Craig writes “be that voice. Be a nursing advocate, a nursing champion. Inspire and encourage others to use their voices. And if they feel they cannot speak up then advocate for them, remembering to channel their voices without a personal agenda. Welcome new voices into the fold; never exclude people or make them feel intimidated or unwelcome. Never become one of the people who shoot down those with different viewpoints.”

5. Its okay to not know

You are a student nurse. You are expected to not know. Ideally, I would suggest reading around the speciality of your placements and the subjects that you learn about at university. During this time of being a student nurse, you are able to make mistakes, as long as you learn from them. You are human and not expected to know everything. Never risk patient safety because you are too cared to ask. Please, just ask. Everyone needs to ask someone sometime.

I hope those who read this help out student nurses are help others think of their own top tips. Thanks for reading!

Yours in nursing,

DCLG

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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