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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.

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

I can’t believe how fast this year is going. It is December and I have been qualified for ten months.

This realisation gives me that same feeling – shock mixed with excitement – that I got when first qualified and would tell people that I was a nurse. I am now in the position where I am no longer the newest or most-recently qualified member of staff, which is terrifying and exhilarating at the same time.

It’s a feeling similar to going into the next year of your nursing studies. You are excited to be progressing, but then it suddenly dawns on you that people will expect you to know what you are doing.

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