Nursing studies

Welcome to our tough, rewarding profession, we are rooting for you

Nurses deal in empathy, so it is easy to imagine how you are feeling as you start your nursing course. We have all been there.

Nurses deal in empathy, so it is easy to imagine how you are feeling as you start your nursing course. We have all been there.

Many roads will have brought you to nursing, and whether you are a school leaver or a mature student, all of you will bring traits and experiences that will enrich the profession.

Nursing is not perfect, nor is it as portrayed on television. We do not have great pay, and we need more staff, which is why we need you more than ever.

As well as being a nurse who cares for patients, we need you to be a nurse who cares for nursing. Nurses have the power to change our lot if we work together, and we need you to lead the way.

It will get tough at times. Nursing has its stressful times, especially when you are unable to deliver the care you want to. But when that time comes, remember this: nursing is a community, so turn to your peers, lecturers and mentors for support.

Compassion is our business, and we have no right to care for patients if we cannot care for our own.

You will get through the difficult days, and the hard parts are more than worth it when you know that you have made a difference to someone’s life.

You have joined a special profession, one that is changing daily. Never before have we delivered such a vast variety of care in so many settings, from hospitals and primary health centres to cruise ships and battlefields.

And we don’t just save lives, we shape entire communities. We advise mum when her new baby is not gaining weight, we help your brother adapt to administering his insulin, we hold your dad’s hand when hearing his cancer prognosis, and we are a friendly face after an operation.

When your gran is not well enough to come to us, we will come to her. And in your final days, we are there.

Welcome to nursing, and to the first day of a long and rewarding career you are going to love.

About the author

Grant Byrne is a third-year nursing student at Glasgow University.

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