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An ABC of becoming a nurse

Charlotte Hall and Georgina Ledwith of the RCN Students Committee spell out some rules to help through training and the early days of being a registered nurse

Charlotte Hall and Georgina Ledwith of the RCN Students Committee spell out some rules to help through training and the early days of being a registered nurse

It is an exciting time to train as a nurse. People are living longer with more complex conditions, and nurses’ roles are changing and expanding to meet the needs of those we care for.

Looking back at my journey to becoming a registered nurse, I had plenty of ‘rabbit in the headlights’ moments when I didn’t know something, but there were also many times when I felt: ‘I was made for this’.

In my speech at my graduation, I compared nursing training to learning to ride a bike. We start slow and steady with stabilisers, then as we become more experienced, increasing our confidence and competence, we go faster. When you start your first

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