Moving into the second year

Rubina Begum

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

10 November 2014

So many people from so many different courses have told me your second year is harder and to be honest, I totally agree! I started my second year at the beginning of September and now I am a week away from my first placement in gynaecology, which should be very interesting.

Starting the second year was so exciting. I can remember my first day and I could not sleep that night because I just couldn’t wait to get started. I remember thinking, ‘Now this is where it all officially starts’ – the reason being the second and third years officially count towards your final grade. I was so nervous, but knowing that I’m one step closer to becoming a qualified midwife motivated me to learn more.

So far, I have done a few skill sessions which are always interesting and quite humorous. It is a nice way to do something different and get our hands stuck in to something practical. For example I got to learn how to suture; something that I will never forget. We learnt to do this on an ox tongue which smelt horrible. However it was a really productive day and quite difficult; I think with something like this ‘practice makes perfect’.

One crucial thing to remember as a second year is that we will not know everything from Year 1. But that is fine because we can go back and go over things to refresh our brains. There is always something to practice and always something to learn from each year.

My current placement experience is very different. I am in the process of getting used to the technology in the hospital I am working at. Everything is computerised and I am actually looking forward to the future, since our group of student midwives is the future. It is interesting to see how this affects different health professionals and how midwives will cope in the years coming.
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