I can now officially call myself a student nurse! I am in the March 2017 cohort so my academic year runs from March – February and I will hopefully qualify in March 2020. Here is a recap of my first week as a student nurse.
Monday – I won’t lie, Monday morning I was terrified. I’m not the best at meeting new people, I’m quite shy until you know me so I can come across as quiet. I probably have the same worries everyone else had: will people like me, will I make a fool of myself, can I even do this 😬 It’s handy that I’m starting with three friends but it has been a slight disadvantage too, as it meant I didn’t have to force myself to talk to other people because I already had someone to talk to. We did chat to a few ladies outside and we did an ice breaker where we had to speak to others that we didn’t know.
Tuesday – We spent the Tuesday morning session meeting some more lecturers and other people who work around the university. Four students from year 2 and year 3 came in for a quick chat so we were able to ask them questions about the course and placement, which was very helpful and allowed us to get a better perspective of the three years ahead. We attended the freshers fair in the afternoon, there were representatives from RCN and Unison amongst others. I would recommend attending yours as there are a few freebies to get your hands on. It’s a great way to ask questions and find lots of things out about the different organisations you can join too.
Wednesday – The morning consisted of a meeting with Occupational Health who explained the vaccination procedures and when we would be having these. In the afternoon, we enrolled! This is a very important part of the first week as this confirms you have attended the course so any bursary/student loan can be processed and paid 😊 This usually takes around 10 working days from university confirmation so try to save a little money before starting to get you through the first 2/3 weeks.
Thursday – Uniform fitting 😁 It still didn’t really feel real for me until I was trying the uniform on and I looked in the mirror. ‘Blimey, you’re actually here! You are actually going to be a student nurse’
Everyone that I have chatted to this week seems lovely and I think we are going to be a great cohort full of success stories! The actual fun starts next week when lectures begin, I am excited to start learning and revising for tests (Yes I know I’m a little bit strange 😂)
Let me know how your first weeks have been.