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Nurses aren’t nosy, they’re just blessed with plenty of professional curiosity
Emma Cowen

Nurses aren’t nosy, they’re just blessed with plenty of professional curiosity, says Emma Cowen

After working in the children’s accident and emergency department as a healthcare assistant for three years before starting university, I am about to start a placement there as a nursing student.

This is the first time on the course when I have felt nervous.

Usually I am excited, looking forward to meeting new people, and getting to be nosy in a new area, although someone recently pointed out to me that nurses aren’t nosy, they are ‘professionally curious’, which sounds better.

Logically I have no reason to be anxious; I know the area well, I know the staff, and I also know what will be expected of me.

However, I will be there in a completely different role, with different responsibilities, and the staff will have different expectations of me.

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