Being Brilliant

Why be an ordinary nurse when you can be a brilliant one

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There is a lot to get sorted when you’re starting university, especially if you’re starting a nursing degree! Accommodation is one of those big things on the list that needs sorting! As a third year adult student nurse I have experience of living in halls, a student house and back home. Living in halls is great for your first year! When you’re initially torn away from your parents, it’s great to have flatmates around. However, I fully recommended when you apply for halls that you tick the box that states “With other people on my course” this way the university will try their best to accommodate you with others that will understand what you’re going through, especially when our term is longer than most and the other students return to family and friends back home. For your second year, you’ll most likely end up in a student house. Ensure you begin to look early otherwise houses will soon be in short supply. If going for a student house, I fully recommend you over think who your housemates will be. You are away from home and need a good support network, in my case I moved in with a few girls that I lived in halls with and for my situation this was best for me. You will have bills to split and a house to clean so it’s best to get to know them first! Finally, commuting from your family home. Ensure that your family home is a good and reasonable distance from the university and host placement sites. You don’t want to find yourself in the situation that it becomes to far to travel. I am a car driver and have never had a problem getting to placements, as well as it opening up further opportunities when community nursing. You seriously need to consider where you plan to reside if you are relying on public transport, especially if you’ve been scheduled a long day on placement, 0700 start and 19.30 finish. Living in hospital accommodation maybe an option. Overall, I’ve had a good experience in all accommodation settings, but a big recommendation is to research all aspects whichever you decide.

Jo’s view …

Why be ordinary when you can be brilliant?…………..Life got in the way, the time wasn’t right, the situation wasn’t right, the finances weren’t there, so getting into the University of Northampton to study nursing at my age was a big deal. It’s what I had dreamed of and now I have the opportunity to shine and prove to the world just how brilliant I want to be.

The concept of” Being Brilliant” isn’t difficult to understand. It’s woven into our course curriculum from the very beginning teaching us to make positive choices, being mindful and aware, representing nursing students in a good light and being the best we can be. The Being Brilliant team have enabled the student nurses to share their experiences and consider other ways of being the best we can be. We are developing our emotional intelligence and understanding the impact we have on others and more importantly the impact they have on us. We have learned to identify the “mood hoovers” in our lives, the people who suck any positivity out of life, and in turn seek out our own inspirational role models. Being brilliant is about always doing the right thing even when nobody is there watching you!

As a nursing cohort we have shared our inspirational quotes and experiences with each other, we have laughed, cried struggled and supported each other. We have travelled to London to visit the museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale one of nursing’s all time heroes, and we have listened to the Being Brilliant team encouraging and inspiring us to shine. Being a nurse will not be easy of that I am 100% sure, but one thing that will never leave my thoughts is……..why would I even consider being ordinary when I can be brilliant?

Jo Featherstone, March 14

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