Ten reasons to become a student nurse…. (or not!)

17th August 2011 15:23

Part 3
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My post this afternoon is going to be a light hearted list of why… or why not being a student nurse is a good thing! So lets get this show on the road;

Ten reasons of why to become a student nurse; ( the serious bit!)
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1. It is a rewarding job where you are paid to help care for some wonderful people.
2. You are a people person and want to give back to society.
3. You have good communication skills & would like to put them to good use.
4. You like to learn and gain new skills and keep up to date with the newest research and policies.
5. You are honest, reliable and trustworthy. (Well most of the time.)
6. You have self confidence, with this I do not mean in bucket loads, I just mean that you believe in yourself and you are willing to get involved, i.e getting down and dirty (literally) HaHa.
7. You want to have career with endless opportunities, and not just be stuck in a dead end job.
8. You want to make a difference in peoples lives.
9. You are willing to be the patients advocate; ( Stand up for your patients rights and beliefs.)
10. & finally you want to become a qualified nurse in your own right. ( this one is the most important point but also the most obvious, as I am sure you would not become a student nurse if you did not want to qualify! HaHa.

Ten things you have to put up with as a student nurse. (Things to look forward too.)
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1. For the next three years on the ward your name is student! This really does annoy me, I mean how long does it take to learn a name!
2. A student nurse’s wage is rubbish, but they are paying for your teaching. However this is not what I think to myself when I have £1.20 to last five days at the end of the month! 🙂
3. The hours! oh god! 13 hours shifts are awful! They make 9-5 seem like a dream job!
4. Working weekends and nights with no extra pay.
5. Mentors. Not necessarily bad thing but when they are having a bad day, it may be best to keep your midweek interview till next week.
6. Essays, assignments, Patches, OSCES (practical exams) and three hour lectures. Need I say more?
7. Just by wearing the student uniform you tend to put people off. What do students know? They are all thick and no nothing anyway? Let me talk to a REAL nurse.
8. Weight. When in university you are almost guaranteed to put on weight, you are sat down all day surrounded by vending machines and money off costa coffee vouchers. The average is about two stone over the three years! So join a gym guys!
9. Fit doctors. This is not a bad thing AT ALL but I did not have any space left in the positive section and they just HAVE to be mentioned.
10. & finally poo, urine, sick, blood, and smelly leg ulcers. If you heave easily like me, you may need to master the breathe with your mouth technique or you may have to leave the room! 😀

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That will do for today I think, I hope you all like the post & are all rushing to enrol at your nearest university!!

Thanks guys, blog tomorrow. Love M xoxo

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