So I thought it was about time to get back into the old creative writing spirit. My studies have flown past and it feels like only yesterday we were sitting in front of the lecturing team telling us;
You will blink and it will be yourselves graduating.
Well as hard a pill to swallow as it is, they were right! The last three years have been some of the most stressful and emotionally difficult on both an academic and personal level. They have also been some of the most interesting and growth filled, helping myself to evolve into the person and nearly qualified practitioner I am today.
I have been very pleased to have done as good as I have this year so far, as it just shows hard work does pay off in the end. I have had some brilliant opportunities during my time studying including, getting an article based on my work with individuals with dementia published in the university magazine. I have also been part of some exciting student forums and have just been chosen to represent my year within a new student forum, this one being chaired by the chief nursing officer. I feel this one will be a good opportunity with the other students to provide feedback of the nursing education system, to those higher up and be able to influence things for the better.
I think my biggest bit of advice on reflection that I could give to individuals just starting out within their degree is, get as much experience of these things as possible. They will not only help you to progress within your position as a student nurse but can also provide opportunities to improve things for yourself and others within nursing. It also has given me and hopefully will provide you with a deeper understanding of the other aspects of nursing, out with the actual patient care part. Oh and make the most of your time as a student! I cannot believe that by the end of August I will be the one in charge of a caseload myself, with no student safety net around me. The buck stops with you when that PIN comes through the door.
Don’t get me wrong I am really looking forward to getting out there and starting my career. The plan at present is to focus on obtaining that band 5 position and from there I will do my masters in dementia and international policy, with that and a good number of years of clinical experience I will reach that goal of becoming a dementia nursing consultant.
I will leave you all with the below image, which I feel sums up the privileged position ourselves as nurses/ student nurses have within other’s lives.