Only another few weeks and that will be the end of my second year in my training to become a registered nurse. I know everyone told me how quickly the time would pass, and it seems they were right. I have chronicled my journey so far in a couple of poems here and here and thought it only fitting that I should write a poem about how I got on in the second year.
During the second year of my nursing degree
There was so much we had to do
Not only were there assignments to write
But Clinical placements too
I’ve written a digital story
About person-centred care
Also critiqued and reflected
Whilst tearing out my hair!
Learned about diseases I hope I never get
And the drugs that treat them
Which I pray I don’t forget!
An important group presentation
Where things could get quite fraught
And of course, applying theory to practice
In everything we’ve been taught!
Despite my doubts and worries
That I would be able to succeed
I am still hanging in there
So, bring it on year three!
Just under a year ago I was getting excited preparing myself for embarking on my nursing degree. This morning I had to go to Uni to discuss the past year with my tutor and get bits and pieces for the first year signed off. She gave me a letter that I had written to myself at the very start of the course. We were all asked to write them to see how our journey progresses, particularly in our first year.
Here is what I wrote, complete with typos!
Well, I am still going, and I have had a lot of support from my friends, especially those in my nursing and blogging community. I am starting to get very excited now about starting year 2 in just over a month. Sadly a few of the younger students have left the course for one reason or another but they have all gone on to do other things that suit them better. I wonder what challenges will be facing us this year?….
As some of you may know I have almost come to the end of my first year as a Student Nurse. I have written a poem about my journey so far here. I would just like to give a shout out to a very special person that helped me by proofreading a few of my drafts. She painstakingly read through what must have been pretty tedious, not to mention badly written pages of text . Wendy, thank you so much, I really did appreciate what you did or me, and apologise for the quality of some of those drafts!
Although I feel exhausted
And have shed some bitter tears
I am proud to have made it this far
And got through the first of three long years!
Assignments have been tricky
Yet I thought I would do quite well
But I was badly out of practice
And one of them I failed.
My placements have been busy
With so much to see and do
Signing off skills I have accomplished
And learning maggot therapy too!
I got to know so many people
In the short time I was there
But I feel very privileged
To have been a small part of their care.
Becoming a nurse won’t be easy
But I know, at least for me
That I am doing the right thing
And it’s still what I want to be!
Today we have the combination of Linda’s Just Jot it January and One-Liner Wednesday. I am going to keep it pretty short and sweet.
Yes, the results were released today and I have passed the exam that I was dreading so much! I just have one more to go next week and that is it as far as exams and assignments go. In fact, after a few more weeks on this placement and a week at a placement doing voluntary work, at the beginning of March, and that is the end of my first year at Uni. I am absolutely bloody knackered!
Today we have the combination of Linda’s Just Jot it January and One-Liner Wednesday.
You’re a student? Well, good on you!
I am used to the looks of surprise now when I introduce myself as a Student Nurse at work. I can almost hear them thinking, look at her, she’s no spring chicken, a bit old to be a student!
In fact, someone asked me how old I was yesterday out of curiosity. I was not offended, as she was just curious as to what had made me decide to start studying at this time of my life. I have had quite a few similar conversations since I started my degree and all of them positive. It is lovely to know that one person that I spoke to (at the gym), is actually thinking of going back to study after I told her how much I was enjoying it and how important it is to me.
That makes it even more worthwhile!
I wrote this post not long after I had started at University on the road to becoming a nurse. It is a very long journey but I have covered a lot of ground already. You can see how I am getting on now by clicking here.
I’m two months into my studies
And have found it pretty full-on
My head is spinning with info
And I wonder where the time’s gone!
The poor dummies have taken a battering
Where we have pummelled their chest
They’ve been prodded, pricked and manhandled
To help us perform at our best
I’ve become addicted to YouTube
To help me out with my studies
I am re-acquainted with referencing
‘Cite Them Right’ and I are best buddies!
I thought I had a good knowledge
From experience, I had before
But this is delving much deeper
And I need to learn so much more
I knew it was not going to be easy
And despite sometimes getting a bit terse
I am so happy to be studying
To become a Registered Nurse!