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    (Original post by Bethaaaaany)
    Hi! I received a conditional offer last week to study Child Nursing at the University of Surrey next September - I'm so excited

    What would you say have been the best bits and hardest bits of your training so far?
    Hi! Firstly, I'm so sorry for the late reply. I've been on nights all this week so I'm trying to adjust to my normal sleeping pattern now lol!

    Congratulations! Studying child nursing is the best thing i've ever done, I love it so much!

    I would say the best bits of my training so far have been working in different departments as part of my placements and getting to learn and experience so much that I never thought I would. I would also say getting to interact with so many children/parents/carers from so many backgrounds and situations is so interesting (although this can sometimes be hard/sad too!) and the most difficult part of my training is probably balancing placement/university/life especially now I've got to second year. It's really difficult but I think once you find the balance that's right for you, it is manageable!

    I would just say enjoy it as much as you can and grab any opportunity going! Really push yourself and you'll learn loads xxx
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    (Original post by sail999)
    What did you get in your a levels
    Hi!

    I got ABC in English Language, Literature and History xx
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    (Original post by XXKing)
    Did you ever get nervous like when you inject a needle on someone.My hands tremble :ashamed2:, has that ever happened to you and is there a way to calm yourself down and stop your hands from shaking? any tips??
    It's so funny you mention that because even though I'm not nervous, when I'm drawing up medication for injections and just about to do them, I do naturally shake!! However, I've found the more experience I've gotten in performing these, the more I can control my shakiness. I would just say take a deep breath and have confidence in yourself!! I once had a sister tell me the shakiness would go as you became more familiar and further into my training and she was 100% right xxx
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    (Original post by KirsttyyM)
    Hello, I've applied for child nursing - I applied on the 7th of November, and so far I haven't heard of anything, im predicted AAB in health and social care (double) and photography, what's your view on this? And also ED is my dream ward to work on, I love the rush and everything!
    Hi!

    I got ABC at a-level doing English language, English literature and history so in my opinion no matter what your route into university or subjects, once you're in university you learn exactly the same as everyone else so it doesn't matter what you did before I got 5/5 interviews so my universities didn't seem to mind!

    Have you heard anything back yet? where have you applied? ED is amazing It's hard work but it's so interesting! xxx
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    (Original post by Future_nurse_)
    How are you finding learning about science--y type things, is it difficult?
    I didn't do any sciences at a-level so I do find biology slightly more challenging than those who did sciences at a-level. However, I think if you persevere with it and revise consistently, it is achievable to have a good understanding Also, I've found in second year I'm applying my A+P knowledge to actual conditions and patients which is a big help.

    I'm very lucky I have an amazing biology lecturer at university and they provide a lot of help and revision material. But I also use various biology books that help as I am a very visual learner xxx
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    (Original post by tashamarie)
    Hey guys,

    I am doing a levels in biology, english language and psychology and have just sent off my application for child nursing. i was wondering if any of you could give me some tips for the interview please? thanks so much!! xx
    Hi!

    Where are you applying? I think the main tip is just to be confident and be yourself and your personality will shine through. My interviews were group interviews so I was really worried about the interview process at the time, but I just went in there confident (well, as confident as you can be in that situation!), I was calm and just showed how much I wanted to be a children's nurse. Talk about your experiences and how that can relate to children's nursing too xx
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    (Original post by PaediatricStN)
    I did a Paediatric Assessment Unit placement during my second year, but that's obviously a little different to ED. I did like the pace and turnover of it though and loved the diagnostic nature of it too.

    I did one shift in our ED as part of my newly-qualified supernumerary period but it was tough as it was really hectic and I didn't know where anything was or how the department ran. I think I'll stay in the safety of my ward for now!
    What kind of ward do you work on now? Is it a generalised children's ward or more specialised?

    I can imagine as a newly qualified I'd be scared of that too! At least you have a bit of a safety blanket as a student in that respect that it's not the end of the world if you don't know where something is or find it hectic to begin with xxx
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    (Original post by Bethaaaaany)
    Hi! I received a conditional offer last week to study Child Nursing at the University of Surrey next September - I'm so excited

    What would you say have been the best bits and hardest bits of your training so far?
    What was the condition?
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    (Original post by Pine3278)
    What was the condition?
    BBB/ABC at A Level
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    (Original post by Iloveladygagaxo)
    What kind of ward do you work on now? Is it a generalised children's ward or more specialised?

    I can imagine as a newly qualified I'd be scared of that too! At least you have a bit of a safety blanket as a student in that respect that it's not the end of the world if you don't know where something is or find it hectic to begin with xxx
    It's a fairly standard medical ward, but within a children's hospital, so there are added pressures from that, which a general hospital wouldn't necessarily experience.

    Not knowing where anything was in ED I just found embarassing. I had the Staff Nurse uniform on, yet from the parents' perspective I didn't have a clue what I was doing. Difficult to instil their trust in my care.

    I'm adjusting to my ward slowly and learning with every shift, so all is good xx
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    (Original post by Bethaaaaany)
    BBB/ABC at A Level
    Well done I hope you get it
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    Can I just ask you is there a lot of cleaning up patients/after patients involved? Been wanting to do nursing but people are discouraging saying it's basically just cleaning up
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    (Original post by Veeox)
    Can I just ask you is there a lot of cleaning up patients/after patients involved? Been wanting to do nursing but people are discouraging saying it's basically just cleaning up
    There is of course clesning and bathing of patients involved, and one should never have such an overriding sense of self importance about themselves that they don't do such a task. It is a nurse's responsibility to carry out personal care tasks, and clean up bodily fluids where appropriate, however healthcare/nursing assistants will also help with these tasks, which does release nurses to do drug rounds etc.

    Don't listen to those who tell you how basic nursing is. We are degree trained staff, who are members of a professional regulatory body. We practice in all areas of a vital national service, with the opportunity to touch so many lives. Our role is multi-faceted, because our patients' needs are such, and we build unique therapeutic bonds with the service users we meet. We use the best available evidence to shape our practice and are expected to be able to make clinical decisions, or at least take part in them, and provide clinical rationale for the decisions we make. That is just the start of what we do.

    I know that every day the NHS is under scrutiny, however if you have a nursing degree, there are countless opportunities and avenues you could go down. It is an exciting and expanding profession to be a part of. Explore it, make sure you understand the job role well, get some experience and go for it if you think it suits you!
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    This has honestly helped me so much! I know nursing is where my heart lays but where I've been discouraged by people telling me that this is not a very good job etc that I should be applying for more 'academic' subjects, I just thought that the cleaning up jobs are more for healthcare assistants, I personally wouldn't mind doing it because at the end of the day I want to help patients in any way. I honestly think that nurses are incredible, I've been thinking about doing it for about 2 years now think I should just go for it!
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    Hey! I'm gonna be starting adult nursing in January. I was wondering if you lived in halls?
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    Hello everyone. How are your application going so far? I have been already rejected by two universities (MDX and GREENWICH).However I have received an assessment for Maths and English at London South Bank. Has anyone been to the Maths assessment? Help! I'm panicking 😫😫 If I fail this I only have two left.Nursing ain't easy at all lol
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    (Original post by Anitadonkor)
    Hello everyone. How are your application going so far? I have been already rejected by two universities (MDX and GREENWICH).However I have received an assessment for Maths and English at London South Bank. Has anyone been to the Maths assessment? Help! I'm panicking 😫😫 If I fail this I only have two left.Nursing ain't easy at all lol
    Hi!

    Don't be too disheartened, I got rejected by 2 universities because I failed their maths tests (maths isn't my thing at all!!) and now I'm half way through my degree

    I attended the maths + english selection day at LSBU when I applied 2 years ago. Attached to their email there should be a sample maths paper, just use that to practice. The actual maths paper isn't too dissimilar

    Where else have you applied?

    Good luck! xxx
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    (Original post by dopenojoke)
    Hey! I'm gonna be starting adult nursing in January. I was wondering if you lived in halls?
    Hi!

    I'm so sorry for the late reply, I didn't see you'd asked a question on the thread

    I'm still living in halls as a second year, I really enjoy it! Are you thinking of living in halls? What universities have you applied to?
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    Hello, just wondering what the percentage of placements are like? And how many do you do? Iv started working in. Hospital as hca and to be honest I'm not enjoying it. X
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    (Original post by Jenz786)
    Hello, just wondering what the percentage of placements are like? And how many do you do? Iv started working in. Hospital as hca and to be honest I'm not enjoying it. X
    Hi!

    Aww I'm sorry to hear you're not enjoying it. Is there a particular reason why?

    I've been really lucky and enjoyed all of my placements so far, but I have had down periods (as most people do) during the placements as not all parts are enjoyable. But universities are normally really good and give you a variety of different placements so you try loads of places before you qualify so you can find an area you really enjoy

    Different universities do different amounts of placements. We have about 5 per year (i think) at my university xx
 
 
 
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