A Happy Memory Monday

A different type of post from me, but a happy memory to reminisce on!

One year ago on the 25th January, i graduated from the University of York with a First Class Honours in Bsc Adult Nursing and what a wild ride it has been since then!

Life as a student nurse was the hardest 3 years i’d ever encountered. 2,407 hours of unpaid clinical practice, 3 exams, 13 assignments and a dissertation to complete, all whilst trying to fit in a social life and paid work! We were all looking forward to qualifying, simply to enjoy our days off as just that, not having to study or do extra work. Little did we know how stressful qualified life would be…

No-one expects their first year as a nurse to be ravaged by a global pandemic but here we are. Its been challenging, mentally and physically but also rewarding – to know we as an Emergency Department are working as hard as we can to provide the best care for people. My colleagues are some of the most hardworking people I’ve ever had the pleasure of being around.

One thing COVID-19 and being a nurse in general has taught me is;

if it makes you happy do it and if it doesn’t don’t.

Sounds super cliche but so true. Its so easy to think how much life we have ahead of us, but working in the ED has taught me to really appreciate every little moment. No one expects to come into an emergency department when they wake up in the morning, and it shows us just how fragile life can be – so truly do whatever makes you the happiest.

My goal in life has always been to travel as much as possible, to experience different ways of life and appreciate the value of all we have. I hope i can eventually combine nursing and travel somehow, definitely heavier on the travel though!!

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