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Letter: To the latest cohort of nursing students, remember 6Cs

Congratulations to students about to embark on nursing degrees, your journey into nursing is beginning. 

Congratulations to students about to embark on nursing degrees, your journey into nursing is beginning. 

While many students are thinking about the practicalities of academia, as students embarking on a nursing degree you also have to consider the reality of being able to care for people at their most vulnerable.

Remember that you will bring all sorts of skills and experiences with you and so will other students. 

Assist and communicate with each other to make the most of this huge skills set.  Social media is a fantastic extension to this; learn how to use it safely and the advantages to your study can be vast.

Nursing environments can be challenging but come with huge and varied opportunities and support networks– show commitment by putting yourself forward, accessing available resources and asking questions. 

This is an essential part of skills development.  At the same time have the courage to say no when necessary to ensure you are practicing at your level of competence.    

Do not underestimate how tough it may be at times and ensure that as well as applying the key nursing values to the people you care for, you also take time to apply them to the care you give yourself; be compassionate.

Helen Rees (RMN, SCPHN)
Teaching fellow
Birmingham City University

 

Further information

England chief nursing officers's 6Cs - care. communicatin, commitment, courage, competence, compassion
 

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