So, you want to be a Nurse?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

So, you've applied, gone through UCAS, mumbled your way through your interviews and secured your place. But wait do you know what your actually in store for... here are just a few points that they don't tell you in the brochure.

*Not my photos*

1. Get ready for sore, broken, itchy skin. Your hands will take the brunt of the hours during your time on placement. Make sure to invest in some good hand moisturiser. 

2. Unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells. As a student you will be thrown in the deep end, get ready to swim. You have to have a strong stomach for this profession. You may think it is 'gross' or 'you won't be able to handle that' but in actual fact when the time comes and your with a patient you will just get on with it; the overwhelming feeling that they are reliant upon you will take over. 

3. Stop worrying. University cannot teach you everything about being a nurse. Somethings are instinct, some are learnt on placement but the main thing you will come to learn is how to be respectful, how to care for a vulnerable patient, how to provide dignity in an undignified situation. 

4. Early mornings and no lie ins will become second nature to you. Get use to it.

5. There will be times when you will question is this actually for me, am I cut out to do this, what is the point or I just want to quit now. I can tell you now every student nurse has said this to themselves a one point or several throughout their three years. Some have quit, the majority have persevered.

6. You will find a whole new level of workload and your stress tolerance. With university work, essays, exams, societies, placement, life, friends and oh yeah...a social life or lack of. Get use to it.

7. One word, Uniforms. Unfitted tops, pants that pass the 'high waisted' mark by a mile and a solid pair of plain black shoes. Definitely not high fashion attire so don't be shocked on uniform day.

But all in all this isn't just a profession, it is a lifestyle that you will grow into. You will meet amazingly strong individuals, feel a whole new level of low, discover highs you did not know possible, discover your own will power and strength and learn an abundance of knowledge and skills that you will retain for life. 


If you have any questions or other tips/advice be sure to write it in the comments below.


  1. I wanted to be a nurse when I was little until I realised that it's not just fluffing pillows and making tea. I have so much admiration for those who are nurses, it's a really tough job that I know I couldn't do.

    1. It is defiantly a challenge at times but it's worth it :)