Dear Potential Nursing Student
Dear Potential Nursing Student,
Welcome to London South Bank University (LSBU) and to the world of nursing. I was in your shoes three short years ago. I say short, because your time as a nursing student will fly by.
You’re at a good university. LSBU will support and guide you throughout your training, especially if you create good and open communication with yours personal tutor and course director. You’ll learn things that you won’t realise just how important they are. As you sit in lectures, listen. Read around the subject. Remember, you’re not studying to pass a test, you’re studying for when you are helping a patient in a real-world situation.
During your training, you’ll feel emotions you didn’t realise existed, but you’ll also experience amazing moments. You are entering the most privileged profession. We see people as they really are. We see people during the worst days of their life. We see people how they don’t want to be seen; sick, struggling and scared. However, you’ll also be a part of their journey from sickness to health. During your training you’ll look after the young and elderly. You’ll support families to support their loved ones, and you yourself will have struggles in your own life throughout your training. But I promise you, it’ll be worth it.
You’ll get out of your nurse training as much as you put in. If you want to get involved with nursing outside of your course, get involved with the Royal College of Nursing. If you want to communicate with nurses around the country, use Twitter and look up accounts such as ‘The Student Nurse Project’ (@StNurseProject) and ‘We Student Nurses’ (@WeStudentNurse). In terms of using social media professionally, I believe you’ll miss out if you don’t embrace it. Speak with lecturers who use Twitter and look up the Nursing & Midwifery Council guidance on social media.
If I could give you three tips to help you through your placement, they would be:
You should try your hardest, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Celebrate the small achievements. Looking after yourself physically and mentally is even more important than your course. Take regular time for yourself because you need to take care of yourself in order to take care of others.
Keep a diary or blog. Whilst at first seeming like a chore, once you’ve developed the habit, being able to read your reflections back will help you realise how far you’ve come in a short period of time.
3. Always remember why you chose nursing
Nursing is difficult. At times you will struggle, and that’s okay. Remembering why you chose nursing 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 remain confident.
Enjoy your training, take care of yourself and remember, you can do it!
Yours in nursing,
Daniel Connor Louis Gooding
BSc Children’s Nursing