So this is the year where everything means something… Pretty daunting thought. Although there wasn’t much hand holding in year 1, this is a whole new level; like stop, look, listen and cross the road all on your own.
Its been a few months since I blogged and there’s reason for that. It’s been hectic. I had a ten week placement in respiratory and wow -that needs a post all to itself (which I will do). It was amazingly intense and I feel very lucky.
I did some travelling in the summer break too. I thought I should give some time to my other love; the thing that gets me through all the tough times whilst I learn to nurse… Coffee. So I took a flight to Seattle where there lives a coffee shop on every corner. Another bonus was being surrounded by so many others that love it too. It was the perfect retreat to reflect and re-energise for year two.
September has started with us all attending our optional modules. I picked cognitive behavioural therapy and human behaviour & introduction to counselling which I am extremely happy about as they are both very interesting subjects. Not only am I adding to my nursing skills tool box by learning these topics but also gaining even more insight into myself and developing my self awareness. This is something I have been working on for a couple of years whilst working / studying in the health care sector. I decided back then to change my mindset to become a mindful positive person visualising my day to day activities and long term goals. It has worked like magic, so commencing the year with these modules has gone hand in hand with who I’ve become so far as a practitioner.
My academic goal for the semester is to improve on my academic writing so I booked onto Wordscope a workshop developed by Canadian senior lecturer Dr Carson Bergstrom. He actually delivers the sessions so my friend and I met him today -he’s a legend and with his help we are sure to be heading for a first haha! (Confidence is key!)