Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Nursing Q&A - 'Intensive care, Books, A levels & Essays'



As some of you may be aware, im a Registered Nurse working in Acute Medicine in Wales at the moment. However, I have recently just been offered a brand new job in Intensive Care in Sheffield which is where I will be starting the next step of my career soon. I love both my job & blogging so much that occasionally i like to collaborate the pair and on this occassion I have decided to do a little Q&A for anyone wanting to know anything about my job, starting nursing at university, qualifying etc. 

1. WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE FOR MY FIRST YEAR AT UNI?

Honestly, before going to uni to do nursing id say enjoy yourself to the maximum! Also, appreciate every single free moment you have as i can promise you free time when you're doing a nursing degree is pretty rare. However, also id say maybe read around about the hospitals and trust in which you'll possibly be doing your placements and get a little feel for what you think you might enjoy.. you'll probablies be quite surprised by the end of your training what you enjoyed the most. 

2. WHAT BOOKS SHOULD I GET?

If you are just about to start the course or even already started and need a handful of books id say theres 3 that saved me at uni and i used with every placement and every essay they are The Royal Marsden Student Edition (The bible of all procedures), Cite Them Right (Bible of referencing) & BNF (Bible of medicines). I have linked them all for you as well so id totally recommend getting them! If you dont want to buy a new BNF i would recommend maybe buying one from a couple of years ago which will probablies be much cheaper!! 

3. WHAT TOPICS SHOULD I READ AROUND?

Before you start your degree i would say dont worry too much about reading around things. If you really want to then maybe look up about the vital signs and when you know where your first placement will be, read around the speciality and what kind of things you should expect from being on the ward. 

4. IS IT A REWARDING JOB? 

It is extremely rewarding seeing people get better definitely. Obviously it is a very hard job at times as im sure you guys can imagine. You really need a good strength of character to deal with some of the things we have the duty to do every single day. Although quite somber and a sad thing to deal with and talk about for that matter, it is a rewarding feeling know that in the last moments of someones life you are caring for them and making sure that they are comfortable. Also this is something that patients families remember too, so it can be rewarding knowing that they are grateful for the care you are providing to their loved one. 

5. CAN YOU BUY NICE THINGS AT THE END OF THE MONTH? 

After paying for all of the necessary things like rent, bills etc then yes i do tend to have some money left over to treat myself. I have bought a car recently so thats been my treat to myself from the extra money ive got. 

6. WERE YOU ABLE TO GO OUT AND HAVE FUN AT UNI?

Yeah, obviously placement and uni came first but i did have the opportunity to go out and have fun. The thing with this degree is that its so full on and most days will be 9-5 at uni so you need to be prepared to do that. I did go out and have fun especially in first year but only when i was in uni the next day, never placement. I think with this course its super important you make time to have fun!! Its so full on so i think its about time management and just ensuring that you get all your work done so you can go out or whatever. 

7. ARE YOU GOING TO SPECIALISE?

Yes, i am. Believe it or not im only 10 months into my career and just been offered my absolute dream job, so im taking it. I want to specialise in Intensive Care which is the position i have been offered. I cant wait to start! I did a placement for 5 months in ITU & new from then that it was what i wanted to do! I love the thought process of looking after critically ill patients, it really does get your brain working & also i love how you care for one person and it allows you the ability to do everything for them! Also it involves lots of clinical procedures & using a wide variety of medications etc. IM JUST SO EXCITED. 

8. WHAT IS THE TIMETABLE LIKE IN A WEEK?

It varies each week but it is pretty full on with 9-5 most days of the week! 

9. ARE ESSAYS REALLY HARD?

Some are more difficult that others. Particularly the research ones in second year. I found anyway. You do need to take time to do essays and do your reading. When i was at uni i got approximately 6 essays a year, which isnt toooo bad i suppose. 

10. WHAT DID YOU GET IN YOUR A LEVELS?

I got an A* in Art. C in psychology & D in Human Biology which equalled 280 UCAS points at the time. 


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  1. Hi, I am an introvert and struggle with starting conversations. I like helpng people but do you think I would survive as a student nurse?

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