Whether you’re a current nursing student or are simply considering becoming one, you may be curious about what makes up the typical day in the life of a student nurse. The most important thing to know is that life as a student nurse means that no two days are the same. Some days you’ll have clinical placements and stimulated practice, and others you’ll enjoy presentations and classroom lectures.
Alex Collyer, a student nurse who used to work for the ambulance service, has some advice for fellow students. Though he is studying for a bachelor degree in child and adult nursing, you can expect to have similar experiences during your time at CNI. Student nursing is very time intensive- you can expect to be “on the clock” on weekends, during the evening, and even during holidays.
There are plenty of essays to be written, and anatomy tests to study for. It’s important to create relationships with your colleagues, and realize you’re all there for the same reason: helping others and caring for those in need. Alex recommends finding a healthy way to distress from the hustle and bustle of student life: his de-stressing mechanism is running with an athletic team, but de-stressing can be as simple as reading a book or drinking a cup of tea.
Though working in healthcare is relentless, Alex claims there is nothing he would rather be doing. If you’re constantly motivated by your colleagues, family, friends and interactions with patients, you’ll be able to provide the best care possible to the members of the public who depend on you.