Emma Cowen

Reading between the lines of the proposed pay deal

Despite the government's latest decision to allow pay to increase, staff nurse Emma Cowen is hesitant over the committment, and warns you to give the proposal a second – and third – read.

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Emma Cowen: Making the transition from student to mentor

Being assigned a student to mentor gives Emma Cowen cause to reflect on how much she has learnt in her first year as a qualified nurse – and how much more there is to know


January is nearing its end but the winter NHS crisis continues

Government statements about the state of the NHS are misleading: operations are being cancelled and people are dying waiting for ambulances.

Reflecting on progress in a swan-like manner

Ten months into her first qualified role, staff nurse Emma Cowen reflects on feelings and thrills of the job, and thinking like a swan.

Starting out: the lessons that should have been learned

Four years ago, the government published the Francis report, but as winter looms the lessons that should have been learned are falling short writes Emma Cowen.

Starting out: keeping the scales balanced

Rising from a 32-hour week to a 34-hour week seems insignificant, but for a newly qualified nurse those two hours can really tip the scales in finding a work-life balance, as Emma Cowen finds out.

Can resilience be taught in a classroom?

Putting into practice the theory behind resilience in the workplace.

Starting out: nursing secondments can give trusts a return on their investment

With one in nine nursing posts in England currently unfilled, nurse recruitment retention is at an all time low and hospitals need to look at secondments in a bid to keep staff, writes Emma Cowen.


Starting out: Is it time for nurses to go on strike?

For the first time ever nurses are considering the drastic, but arguably vital, step of taking industrial action.

Emma Cowen

Starting out: facing the unfixable

Nurses have a desire to fix and help, but what happens when you face the unfixable?


Starting out: Butterflies on the first day

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


Playing the waiting game

After three years of study it is great to begin your first job… or it would be.

Student voice: am I about to start work on a sinking ship?

As the government continues to deny the crisis in the NHS, it is becoming easier to believe...

Student voice: time to take care?

The ban on sugary food and drinks in hospitals shows NHS England do not realise how busy...

Calm your nerves to get ahead when job hunting

Preparation is vital for approaching the job hunting process, says third year nursing...

Helping people through their darkest hours

Comforting distressed parents was a privilege that student Emma Cowen will never forget

Transition of another sort

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

Turn a disappointing placement into a positive one

A difficult placement has its drawbacks, but dig deeper and you will always find something...