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Starting out - student experiences

28 June 2005

Nursing Standard

Reflections

Television hospital dramas are exaggerated, I told myself, as I began my theatre placement. Surely real-life surgery would not have the same highly charged,...

Starting out Joanne Hardy found patients sometimes just want a cuddle

28 September 2004

Nursing Standard

Perspectives

Many nursing textbooks list touch as a valuable form of therapeutic communication, but I rarely see it used in practice. I have worked on placements in many areas...

Learning curve

16 August 2005

Nursing Standard

Student life

I like my lie-ins, numerous coffee breaks and early finishes. They are a perk of university life, right? Yet, when I am on the wards, I accept my responsibilities. I...

Learning curve

06 September 2005

Nursing Standard

General article

It is a revealing experience to put yourself in your patients’ shoes, even when the path they walk appears to be a mundane one. Early in my training I was at a...

Talk the talk

30 September 2008

Nursing Standard

Student focus

Like most professions, nursing has its own language, or jargon, which can be bewildering. Here are some terms you may encounter on your first day:

Student life - A comforting presence

21 October 2008

Nursing Standard

Career development

It is easy for nursing students to underestimate their potential for making patients feel secure and cared for simply by their presence. Most patients, particularly...

Learning the hard way

12 May 2009

Nursing Standard

Career development

When I first learned to ride a bike, my parents warned me not to take one particularly sharp corner too fast in case I fell off.

A matter of context

31 March 2009

Nursing Standard

Reflections

Recently I made the move from London to Norfolk, and have since grown used to hearing some unfamiliar terms of address from patients, such as ‘my woman’ and ‘my...

Student life - Lost in the hubbub

09 June 2009

Nursing Standard

Career development

I remember the first time I stepped onto a hospital ward. It was like my first day at school; everyone around me was going about their activities, but I did not know...

Supporting patients undergoing cataract extraction surgery

15 December 2009

Nursing Standard

Learning zone continuing professional development

A cataract is an opacification, or clouding, of the lens of the eye, causing a deterioration in the clarity and brightness of vision, which may reduce quality of...