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10 Things I Wish I Knew as a Student Nurse

Shellie R

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10 Things I Wish I Knew as a Student Nurse

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, here are 10 things I wish I knew as a Student Nurse and If I could send a message back in time I would. 

RELATED: 10 FACTS ABOUT BECOMING A STUDENT NURSE

Training to be a nurse will change my outlook on life 

I’m not saying that before my training I was a selfish self-absorbed person, but from week one my training and my current nursing role have made me more aware of the world around me, more aware of the daily struggles of the people around me and certainly more aware of myself and my own needs and limitations.

Im not going to enjoy every day

I’ll be honest and say I didn’t particularly enjoy my time at university. a rubbish day, a placement I didn’t enjoy, a difficult assignment, missing friends birthdays or family gatherings- but if you can put up with the bad days the good days more than make up for it.

 

Being a student nurse is a difficult juggling act 

Balancing the two roles of Student and Nurse is difficult enough- add in my personal roles as daughter and sister and then my job as a barmaid- and that’s a lot for anyone to handle. The only people that understand what I went through are the people I studied with, my fellow Student Nurses- I realised late in my course the value in a student community.

 

Lecturers and tutors are nice people

The people that I wish I would have gone to sooner with my worries and problems- my personal tutor continues to be a positive influence and beneficial contact 2 years after my qualification- no one goes into nursing education if they don’t like nursing students! Fact!

Don’t be shy, go get involved

The most enjoyable part of my uni experience was when I stopped worrying about coming across as pushy or enthusiastic- it opened doors I never imagined it would and its help me find what I most enjoy about nursing.

Smile and put up with family/friends assuming that you know everything about their sprain/mole/headache/backache/hiccups/funny looking mark/runny nose.

It took me a while to just shrug it off and not get annoyed at the incessant questions and funny looks when I said ‘I don’t know’, I now realise it was nice to get some recognition for the job I have and the knowledge I store away- just don’t let them send you pictures!

Not all mentors want to be mentors

Take responsibility for your own learning, grab onto good mentors and let them teach you everything they can, and make a promise to never be one of those bad mentors! Every nurse was a student once.

Every experience is a good experience-

Even the worst day can teach you something- sounds like one of those fluffy says but seriously some of the most profound lessons I have learnt have come from bad experiences.

The power of positive reinforcement

Don’t just moan about the bad, praise the positive and make the good great! Let people know when you have enjoyed something, it means they will do it again, and don’t be scared of offering feedback.

Nursing is huge

There are so many branches and specialities, never settle, keep learning. Nurses are a community so engage with it and learn from it.

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Lucozade is no longer as effective at treating hypoglycemia

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Lucozade is no longer as effective at treating hypoglycemia

Due to changes in its recipe and a significant reduction in glucose, Lucozade will not be as effective as a treatment for hypoglycemic patients.

Recipe changes to Lucozade Original Energy product line mean it will no longer be as effective at treating hypoglycemic patients – this is due to a 50% reduction in glucose based carbohydrates. Healthcare Professionals should seek guidance from their local specialist team on alternative treatment protocols.

This change applies to all Lucozade Energy Flavours. New products started appearing on shelves in April 2017. However, for a short time, both the new and old recipe will be available.

Previously, 100ml of Lucozade Original contained 17g of carbohydrate; this was reduced to 8.9g in April 2017.

Lucozade is no longer as effective at treating hypoglycemia

According to Diabietes.co.uk, patients who experience a hypoglycemic episode are advised to consume 15-20g of sugar when treating low blood sugar, but this will no longer be equivalent to 100ml of Lucozade.

Lucozade Ribena Suntory, which also makes Ribena and Orangina, among other drinks, is lowering its sugar content by replacing these sugars with low-calorie sweeteners, such as aspartame.

You can also visit www.lrsuntory.com/health for more information on Lucozade’s changing nutritional values or speak to your local diabetes specialist team.

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Shift Planner for Nurses, Students & Support Staff

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Shift Planner for Nurses, Students & Support Staff

Shift planning is essential for safe care, some people using a piece of paper others have their thoughts well arranged in their head, either way everybody does it.

This shift planner has been designed with newly qualified nurses and student nurses in mind but would be suitable for anybody to use.

You can download our Shift Planner for FREE. You are free to download, print and distribute our shift planner as you wish. You will need a PDF reader on your PC to download. 

The planner has been created with two primary columns, one for your main nursing priorities and one to remind you to hand over jobs to the next shift. It also features a small key and area for general notes. Due to limited space we have only included enough room to plan up to eight patients, if you need more we encourage you print doublesided.

We encourage you to make comments or suggestions in the comments section below. The most popular will be implemented in a version 2.

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