Developing the Child Nursing Society

Emma Wolton

Faculty: Health, Social Care & Education
Department: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Course: BSc (Hons) Child Nursing
Category: Nursing and midwifery

17 November 2014

What a jam-packed couple of months I have had; if anyone tells you that third year is all about relaxing and coasting through the year, they are lying through their teeth!

Untitled PageAfter yet another topic change for my dissertation I have submitted my synopsis (a brief outline of what you want to write about, backed up with literature) and all seems to be OK. I don’t seem to have shed my last-minute tendencies; still emailing it over just in the nick of time, but I figure that if the work is good and it is in on time, that is all that matters. Maybe I just need that little bit of pressure that comes with having a deadline hanging over my head!

Last time I blogged I hadn’t yet started my placement at the Children’s Hospice, but since then I have finished and also interviewed for bank work there because I enjoyed it so much. I loved how the care was so individualised and the staff really got to know and empathise with the child and family. I’m not sure that I would want to work there full-time, but never say never! Until I had my placement there I hadn’t even considered bank work, and to be truly honest, working with children who had complex needs scared me a little, but now, two months on and I could be working there part-time! This is why I love having the opportunity to try out different healthcare settings and going into placements with an open mind.

I can’t yet say that I am loving my new placement, but it has only been a couple of weeks and I have four more for it to grow on me. I am working in a mixed adult and paediatric A&E department, but because of this, I’m coming across lots of new issues and learning things I might not have had the opportunity to otherwise. The practice links in so well to the theory we have been learning in uni, and you can really see what we’ve been taught about caring for the seriously ill child. The lectures have been pretty full on but have really prepared us for the placement.

Lastly in my jam-packed couple of months, I have been devoting a lot of time and energy into setting up the new Child Nursing Society, and so far so good. We have had a speaker from the Anthony Nolan Trust come in to talk to society members about their work and the need for the donor register and what they do. This was then followed up by a Bone Marrow Donor Recruitment Day where we signed up 29 people to the register – meaning that we could potentially be responsible for saving 29 lives! Something to be very proud of I feel. I am busy planning more things for the rest of the year, so if you are reading this as a Child Nursing student, do join up from the Students’ Union or search for ARU Child Nursing on Facebook or Twitter (@aruchildnursing).
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