Student voice

Starting out: Butterflies on the first day

Newly qualified nurses can feel a sense of pride that they have joined the profession.
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Newly qualified nurses can feel a sense of pride that they have joined the profession

Finally, I am a qualified nurse. I’m 90% thrilled to say this, and 10% terrified. This ratio changes depending on what I am faced with at work and believe you me, the figures have been the other way round several times over the past few weeks.

As a student, you often get told that one of the biggest transitions you make in your nursing career is from student to nurse. Almost overnight, your role, how you are perceived by others and how you view yourself all change drastically.

It is the many small, everyday moments that add up to a big feeling of accomplishment and pride. Writing ‘staff nurse’ after my name and not having my paperwork

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