Student Life: One Nursing Student’s Perspective

Katie O’Sullivan @KatieOS25760094 4th Year Nursing Student, Bachelor of Children’s and General Nursing, Dublin City University What is your main role? My main role as a student nurse is to learn both the theoretical and clinical aspects of nursing.  Theoretical input helps prepare us for clinical placements, which will vary widely throughout the 4 years, […]

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Influencing Nursing: The Collaborative Creation of 35 Expert Commentaries, Infographics and Tweets by 164 Students Enrolled in an Undergraduate Nursing Research Course

Argerie Tsimicalis, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University. Twitter: @ArgerieT; https://argerietsimicalis.com This year I was tasked with the challenge of converting a historically didactic research course to be delivered remotely, asynchronously and experientially to 164 diploma-prepared nurses enrolled in their first year of the Bachelor of Nursing […]

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Animals and student well-being – not ‘just a pet’

Julie MacDonald, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull University students are a particular area of focus in relation to promoting mental health and wellbeing. Recent statistics revealed that in 2015/16, over 15,000 students in their first year of study in UK universities reported that they had a mental health problem, compared to approximately 3,000 […]

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Lara’s nursing journey and the impact of a mental health problem

Lara McDonald, 2nd Year Student Mental Health Nurse (@lara__mcdonald) Being a student nurse in itself is a huge undertaking; juggling university and placement alongside daily life complications such as money issues and childcare, is not an easy feat. Everyone brings their own experiences with them into this profession, and I, alongside many others, bring an […]

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Facing the first day: placements, anxiety, and me….

Laura Greaves, 2nd Year Adult Nursing student (@laurastunurse)   For some of my fellow nursing students, the start of a new placement is a time of excitement. For me, it’s a time full of dread. I worry about having to meet new people in an unfamiliar area; I worry about what the journey will be […]

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University Mental Health Day 2020

David Barrett, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull Being a University student is an exciting and life-changing experience. However, some of the academic, financial and personal challenges faced by students can have a negative impact on their mental health and wellbeing (APPG, 2015). For healthcare students, the additional challenges posed – including the need […]

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The cultural change from mentor to practice assessor/supervisor

This week’s Blog is written by Lorraine Highe, Senior Nurse Education Team, Cambridge University Hosptials. Alongside many placement providers in Sept 2019 the Trust in partnership with our HEIs implemented the new NMC Standards for Supervision and Assessment (NMC, 2018a). Twelve months of display stands, presentations, posters, teaching sessions and drop-in clinics resulted in the […]

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Mental Health Spotlight for EBN in 2020

During 2020, Evidence Based Nursing (EBN) will be focusing on mental health. Throughout the year we will be highlighting key issues relating to mental health and identifying relevant EBN content and other useful resources. Watch out for a year-long series of tweets (@EBNursingBMJ) and Facebook posts (BMJ for Nursing). A summary of the mental health […]

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Summary of a twitter chat: Autism in healthcare: multiple perspectives.

  This was a fascinating insight into a number of different perspectives on autism in healthcare.  This chat follows on from the previous blog. One of the first tweets into the chat was about how easy it is for someone described by healthcare professionals as ‘somewhere on the spectrum’ fell between the gaps when transitioning […]

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