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    Hi, im still undecided about whether to apply for nursing or not.I would really appreciate it if a few people could answer some questions for me
    Which branch of nursing do you do?
    What University do you go to?
    Do you still find time to go out and do sports/hobbies?
    What have your placements been like?
    Do you get assigned a lot of cleaning jobs by the other nurses?(yes I know its part of the job)
    Did you have or still have any phobias?e.g phobia of sick,needles,blood .(Im fine with most bodily fluids apart from vomit :/ I know I could get over it though.
    If you had to go back in time would you still choose nursing?
    Did you always know you were going to be a nurse?
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    (Original post by Ula456)
    Hi, im still undecided about whether to apply for nursing or not.I would really appreciate it if a few people could answer some questions for me
    Which branch of nursing do you do?
    Mental health nursing 1st year, 1st semester so can't answer all questions but will do my best

    What University do you go to?
    To keep my anonymity afraid I wont share that on TSR,sorry:P

    Do you still find time to go out and do sports/hobbies?
    Well at the moment, i m revising for 2 exams and am doing an essay before christmas (through my own choice so i get the holidays without doing any work, fingers crossed).
    So as I ve been on 4 days weeks at uni at the moment i don't really have full days off , but yes i do get spare hours to watch tv, go shopping and fit in date nights with my boyfriends but as far going out as in nights out, I never did before anyway but wouldnt think you d have much time to do that overly often.

    What have your placements been like?
    Yet to go on one yet.

    Do you get assigned a lot of cleaning jobs by the other nurses?(yes I know its part of the job)
    As above, but as nurses you d be doing personal care and cleaning equipment (like the trays for aspetic techniques) and you d be expected to change a patients bed and clean vomit up.

    Did you have or still have any phobias?e.g phobia of sick,needles,blood .(Im fine with most bodily fluids apart from vomit :/ I know I could get over it though.
    I've never been bothered by bodily fluids or needles or anything really.

    If you had to go back in time would you still choose nursing?
    Yes still loving it so far.

    Did you always know you were going to be a nurse?
    Now thats a question, I decided I wanted to be a nurse when I was about 16 but I d always wanted to go into a caring profession or one that made a postive impact in some way, since then I d decide to change which field I wanted to go into but really happy with that decision so far
    See everything in bold above, if you've any other questions let me know
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    (Original post by Ula456)
    Hi, im still undecided about whether to apply for nursing or not.I would really appreciate it if a few people could answer some questions for me
    Which branch of nursing do you do?
    What University do you go to?
    Do you still find time to go out and do sports/hobbies?
    What have your placements been like?
    Do you get assigned a lot of cleaning jobs by the other nurses?(yes I know its part of the job)
    Did you have or still have any phobias?e.g phobia of sick,needles,blood .(Im fine with most bodily fluids apart from vomit :/ I know I could get over it though.
    If you had to go back in time would you still choose nursing?
    Did you always know you were going to be a nurse?
    I do adult nursing at the university of Hull.

    There's plenty of time for hobbies and socialising during lectures, it's harder during placement but not impossible if you organise your time right. After all placement tends to be 37.5 hours a week and that's the most you do.

    My placements have been amazing: surgical, wards and community. I've experienced so much and really got stuck in! I haven't met anyone who's nasty or unhelpful yet in our trust. The patients are ok too!

    When you're on the wards it's tough. If you don't get stuck in with nursing things and sticky by your mentor you will most likely get treated like an auxiliary. Most wards are so understaffed they need the extra pair of hands. Make sure you stick with what you need to do, arrange activities with your mentor and days with other professionals to gain more experience. If you get pushed around too much talk to your university and they'll hopefully sort it out.

    Not a phobia, but I have to stop gagging everytime someone coughs up sputum. Vomiting isn't good for me either. Most nurses have something they can't stand, and they'll be helpful if you say there's something you're really uncomfortable with. You get desensitised to most things over time though!

    I don't regret this one bit. There's something special about this career. Everyday you see something and learn something new, one of the few jobs that allowed you to do so. If this is what you see yourself doing, the course won't disappoint.

    Hope this helped!
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    See everything in bold above, if you've any other questions let me know
    Thanks a lot for your answer,It was very helpful What made you choose Mental health nursing in particular?
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    (Original post by MariaJade)
    I do adult nursing at the university of Hull.

    There's plenty of time for hobbies and socialising during lectures, it's harder during placement but not impossible if you organise your time right. After all placement tends to be 37.5 hours a week and that's the most you do.

    My placements have been amazing: surgical, wards and community. I've experienced so much and really got stuck in! I haven't met anyone who's nasty or unhelpful yet in our trust. The patients are ok too!

    When you're on the wards it's tough. If you don't get stuck in with nursing things and sticky by your mentor you will most likely get treated like an auxiliary. Most wards are so understaffed they need the extra pair of hands. Make sure you stick with what you need to do, arrange activities with your mentor and days with other professionals to gain more experience. If you get pushed around too much talk to your university and they'll hopefully sort it out.

    Not a phobia, but I have to stop gagging everytime someone coughs up sputum. Vomiting isn't good for me either. Most nurses have something they can't stand, and they'll be helpful if you say there's something you're really uncomfortable with. You get desensitised to most things over time though!

    I don't regret this one bit. There's something special about this career. Everyday you see something and learn something new, one of the few jobs that allowed you to do so. If this is what you see yourself doing, the course won't disappoint.

    Hope this helped!
    Thank you It was very helpful! I wish you all the best!
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    (Original post by Ula456)
    Thanks a lot for your answer,It was very helpful What made you choose Mental health nursing in particular?
    I had some work experience and experience with people in my personal life who had mental health diagnosis and knowing that something as simple as having a therapeutic conversation and building a relationship could make such a big difference to someones life attracted me to mental health nursing really.
    That and lots of other reasons like: although its more focused on mental health, you cover physical health problems too so its a holistic approach i really like, mh registration allows you to work with both adults and children and the massive range of settings you can work in means that no day is the same and finally it seemed like the perfect balance between practical nursing clinical skills and communication skills for me. (I could go on forever really).
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    (Original post by Ula456)
    Hi, im still undecided about whether to apply for nursing or not.I would really appreciate it if a few people could answer some questions for me
    Which branch of nursing do you do?
    What University do you go to?
    Do you still find time to go out and do sports/hobbies?
    What have your placements been like?
    Do you get assigned a lot of cleaning jobs by the other nurses?(yes I know its part of the job)
    Did you have or still have any phobias?e.g phobia of sick,needles,blood .(Im fine with most bodily fluids apart from vomit :/ I know I could get over it though.
    If you had to go back in time would you still choose nursing?
    Did you always know you were going to be a nurse?
    1. I'm a newly qualified children's nurse
    2. I don't disclose my university or my workplace so as to maintain professionalism and confidentiality. What I can say, is that I am a Staff Nurse on the Medical Ward of a Children's Hospital in the UK.
    3. Yes. I still manage to socialise 1-2 times per week, and did so throughout the whole of uni. It was down to good time management and good planning (I.e. Not leaving essays to the last minute)
    4. I really enioyed all my placements as a student and they gave me a good grounding for my career.
    5. Now as a Staff Nurse, I'm sometimes too busy to help with the cleaning jobs (Medications or other direct patient care tasks have to take priority) and therefore our amazing nursing assistants help me out. However, if I wasn't too busy, I'd never shy away from changing bed sheets or cleaning up vomit. You tend to find cleaners in different Trusts do different amounts of cleaning, which then influences the amount the nurses have to do. Our cleaners do a lot so we don't have all that much to do anyway (Sorry for such a long answer all about cleaning!)
    6. I'm not keen on when patients are vomiting and I'm present, but apart from that I'm ok with all bodily fluids - you learn to breathe through your mouth!
    7. Yes I would. I love my job.
    8. It was always something healthcare for me but I chose nursing when I was about 17 (Now 21)

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    (Original post by PaediatricStN)
    1. I'm a newly qualified children's nurse
    2. I don't disclose my university or my workplace so as to maintain professionalism and confidentiality. What I can say, is that I am a Staff Nurse on the Medical Ward of a Children's Hospital in the UK.
    3. Yes. I still manage to socialise 1-2 times per week, and did so throughout the whole of uni. It was down to good time management and good planning (I.e. Not leaving essays to the last minute)
    4. I really enioyed all my placements as a student and they gave me a good grounding for my career.
    5. Now as a Staff Nurse, I'm sometimes too busy to help with the cleaning jobs (Medications or other direct patient care tasks have to take priority) and therefore our amazing nursing assistants help me out. However, if I wasn't too busy, I'd never shy away from changing bed sheets or cleaning up vomit. You tend to find cleaners in different Trusts do different amounts of cleaning, which then influences the amount the nurses have to do. Our cleaners do a lot so we don't have all that much to do anyway (Sorry for such a long answer all about cleaning!)
    6. I'm not keen on when patients are vomiting and I'm present, but apart from that I'm ok with all bodily fluids - you learn to breathe through your mouth!
    7. Yes I would. I love my job.
    8. It was always something healthcare for me but I chose nursing when I was about 17 (Now 21)

    Thank you so much for your reply.I know cleaning is part of the job and I definitely would not shy away from it.I know that if nursing is something I really want to do then cleaning up vomit will not stop me from pursuing a nursing career!Can I ask why you chose child nursing in particular?(Other than obviously liking children)Also what would you say are the highlights of your job?Sorry for all the questions!I think I would like to do child nursing the most but I dont have much experience with very young children.Ive worked with children who have autism in my school but they are around 11.Also when you went on your first placement what sort of things were you expected to do?Were you mostly observing or doing practical jobs?
 
 
 
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