A few home truths every nursing student needs to know – part two

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4. If It Feels Like Your Teachers Are Giving You A Tough Time, It’s Because They Are

No matter how passionate you may be about becoming a nurse, the truth is not everyone has the chops to make it in this profession. You may have managed to get through all of the admission hoops and obstacles but that still does not guarantee that you have what it takes to be a good nurse. Teachers in all nursing schools want to ensure that the students that pass through their institution are capable of living up to the role and responsibilities of a nurse. The unwritten benchmark that most teachers set is whether they would trust you to look after their loved one and they will give you a tough time right through the programme till they are absolutely sure that you are.

Spend your placement shadowing midwifes! 5. Networking Is Necessary

Despite the nursing shortage, you will find that getting a nursing job as a new graduate is not easy. Most hospitals and other public and healthcare organisations prefer to hire experienced professionals and you will find yourself in a catch-22 situation. The best way to break that stalemate is to have a good network that will help you get your foot in the door and get that first nursing job. Maintaining your network is important even after you start working, right through your career. It’s a great way to get to know of unadvertised vacancies or upcoming promotions.

6. Stay In Touch With Your Non-Nursing Friends

While it is great to network and socialise with other nurses as well as other medical professionals, there’s more to life than just your job. Not every conversation should be about patients or horror stories at the hospital. There are times when you need to get away from it all and talk about things non-nursing. Those moments when you can truly escape from being a caregiver are moments that will help you recharge, refresh and re-energise.

7. Nursing Is Nothing Like You Imagine It To Be

All nurses admit to the truth of this statement. All the preparation in the world cannot prepare you for how you will feel after you’ve help save a life in the trauma ward, helped a surgeon with a life-saving procedure or come face to face with the death of a patient. There are several aspects of nursing that are simply difficult to explain and equally difficult to explain until you have lived it.  

To get a real feel of on-the-job nursing, register with one of Gap Medics’ medical placements to Tanzania, Chiang Mai or the Czech Republic. At any one of these destinations, you will get the opportunity to care for patients alongside other experienced medical professionals. There’s no better way to experience firsthand what it really is like to be a nurse.  

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