Having a good support system around you is key, not just for a student nurse but for anyone.
I am very lucky to have a highly supportive family and boyfriend. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am today. If I’m struggling, upset, or unsure of a decision I turn to them for advice. They usually respond with great advice to keep me on track and remind me that I am capable of whatever I set my heart on.
It may be words of encouragement when I’ve got an exam or hit a wall with an assignment, a comforting hug at the end of a twelve hour shift, a shoulder to cry on as I think of a patient we lost, someone to talk to about a new experience I dealt with, someone to practice a new skill on or someone to share my excitement with when I’ve achieved something amazing. Life can be cruel, but it can also be kind. Having these people around me make the bad days easier to move on from but make me the good days so much better. Unfortunately in nursing we do witness some of people’s darkest days and I recently wrote this following a day I watched a family say goodbye to their loved one:
The most important lesson I’ve learnt is that life is precious.
Our lives and the lives of our loved ones can change in a matter of seconds. I have held the hands of patients while they have taken their last breath, consoled families who have just lost their son, dad, grandad, uncle, and cared for people who were complete strangers before my shift started.
So never leave things on a bad note. Tell people you love them as they are heading out of the house or going to work. Be kind-hearted and love deeply.
Sometimes we take those people around us for granted and think they will always be there. It’s always in the worst moments that people pull together but it shouldn’t be like that. We should always be kind and loving no matter what and appreciate what we have before it is taken away.
So thank you to my old friends, for sticking by me even though we don’t talk everyday. Thank you to my new friends at the university, for having that understanding that only a fellow student nurse can have. Thank you to my other friends I’ve made along the way, at the gym and at the pharmacy, for giving me opportunities to succeed outside of my course. Thank you to my family and boyfriend for always believing in me, loving me unconditionally and for pushing me to be the best version of myself.