Not long until I qualify

Kat Prichard

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

29 January 2015

So what’s happened since the last time I blogged… and yes I’m aware it’s been a while, university work and bank shifts have taken over my life!

I’ve been concentrating on passing a assignment regarding care planning and successful treatment plans on a ward I was working on. Well, happy days, I passed! Checking the grade on Turnitin was nerve racking but thankfully the hard work paid off. Following this, I made a conscious effort to leave the work at the door when the holiday began and it’s done wonders for me. Putting my uniform on come 5 January, I felt re-energised, motivated and ready to tackle my community placement.

I’m now half-way through the community placement; it’s been a real shock to the system, the ‘late’ 9am start, the relaxed atmosphere… it’s poles apart from the hustle and bustle of the acute care setting. I’ve been placed in a fabulous unit which provides assessments and treatment to discourage hospital admission. As we all know, the winter period puts significant strain on healthcare services so any service that provides admission avoidance is good in my book. It’s allowed me to really engage with patients and approach the nursing assessment with a full holistic view, something that is drummed into us. It’s going to be hard leaving the unit as I’ve found my feet and feel like a valued member of the team. I’ve not had a placement experience I haven’t enjoyed yet.

It’s dawned on me over the last week that I qualify next year!

It’s becoming increasingly real now; however, I do feel like I’m becoming a ‘proper nurse’. My mentor is pushing me and always wanting that little extra, which in hindsight is really stretching me and making me realise I know more than I thought I did.

With the holidays out of the way, I’ve tried to make free time for me to put the books aside and relax. Even for an hour or so a week, that time away from the nursing world has had a positive effect on my learning and progression. Silly I know, but this course is so consuming I realised that all I talked, slept, ate, breathed was nursing and frankly I was driving my family and partner nuts! So advice to fellow nursing students, take it in your stride. There is light at the end of the tunnel: it may be dim but it’s definitely there. Enjoy every moment, learn from your mistakes and go home knowing you’ve done your best. With this advice in mind, I’m going to crack on with my maternity pack, then come 6pm turn the laptop off and prepare for the week ahead.

Best of luck going into the New Year,. Come March, I’m a 3rd year. Bring it on!
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