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Race to the finishing line is on

Third year nursing student, Chris Steele discusses his hopes and fears for final year

Third year children’s nursing student, Chris Steele discusses his hopes and fears for final year


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I suppose this is a bit of a pep talk to myself, but I hope it inspires others in the same position to just take a step back, reflect, and get some perspective on to how they might be feeling right now.

Entering the final year of my nursing degree is somewhat daunting. I find myself often pondering about how quickly time has passed and questioning my readiness for what lies ahead. Of course, with final year beginning, there will be greater expectations leading to more pressure and the realisation that job applications are just a stone's throw away.

Self-reassurance

I reassure myself by remembering everything that has shaped me to be the nursing student I am today and using this to my advantage. Gathering strength and determination from all that I have done, because I know I have learned and grown so much.

While concentrating on all the positive things people have said to me – and the smiles I have created – I also look back on the constructive feedback I have received. I also think about how to strengthen my abilities to become the best nurse I can possibly be.

Importantly, I’m proud of all that I have achieved so far. A nursing degree certainly isn't easy and I've successfully completed two years. Former students had told me that second year is particularly hard – ‘it either makes or breaks you’. Well, I got through it and should hold my head up high.

'Remember you are in touching distance of qualifying as a children’s nurse'

So, if you are feeling a little like me, remember you are in touching distance of qualifying as a children’s nurse. Don't look back, keep going forward with determination and commitment. Endure the weight of what you have picked up along the way and use this to ground any feelings of doubt, apprehension or uncertainty.

You are on the final straight to the finishing line and you can achieve your aspirations. 


About the author

Chris Steele is a third year children’s nursing student, Edge Hill University, Lancashire

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