So now that 2018 is virtually done with, it’s time to get excited about the new year! I find that this time of year often results in some self reflection and I often think about what I have accomplished in the past year. I have to say that 2018 has brought me some wonderful highlights. I got accepted into DMU and started my nursing journey in March. This mean that I moved out, left my hometown and headed for bigger and better things! 2018 is the year that I fell in love with Leicester. I have met some wonderful people and some which I hope to be lifelong friends with. This year my confidence and independence has grown so much that I am a completely different person (in the best way) and I have grown to love myself more.
I had some exciting opportunities, such as being invited to London and be involved with the RCN Fund Our Future Campaign. Here I met a lot of inspirational student nurses who all have a common goal, to be able to give our patients the best possible care in a safe working environment. I also attended the NHS England Conferences & RCN Event! around changing perceptions in nursing and became a perceptions ambassador and also a RCN student information officer!
One of my goals for 2019 so far is to gain more knowledge in my field, and find out what it is that really interests me. Don’t get me wrong I’m obviously interested in nursing and mental health, but I don’t 100% know what I want to go in to once I qualify. Will it be CAMHS? Older persons? Addictions? Acute? There’s so many opportunities for a mental health nurse and it’s scary to think that I have less than two years to decide! I’m hoping to do this by making the most out of my placements, going to another RCNi Nursing Careers & Jobs Fair! and speaking with professionals in the job roles that I’m interested in!
Another goal for me is to make the most of now. I have spent a lot of time and energy trying to please people that don’t make the same effort with me. Since moving out of my hometown i have discovered the people in the life that will actually make the effort to see me and to make plans with me when I come back etc and those who just sit on the sidelines and make excuses. Sure, I get that travelling to Leicester from South Wales is a big ask, but a Skype call or a FaceTime is just as good. I’ve realised it’s time to make the most of people who actually make a difference in my life, and not those who only want to bother when it is convenient for them.
I can’t wait to continue writing about my experiences and helping other students with some very real and lived through advice, I have some exciting things planned!
So here’s to 2019, let the adventures begin!