At the beginning of my training, I first got introduced to The Royal College of Nursing (RCN). Here I was told that if I had any issues whilst out on placement, or with anything the the university couldn’t sort out, then I could contact them with any queries that I had. They offered me a student membership that was £10 for the year or 84p a month. Along with the protection that I now had for myself, I also came away with some fabulous freebies (us students love them). Here is when I was also first told about becoming a Student Information Officer, and I remember being interested and asking to be given the application form.
After I have myself some time to settle in Leicester and to settle into the course, I applied! I was so chuffed to find out that I was successful. Since becoming an SIO I have been given so many opportunities to travel and to meet some like minded students and qualified staff. One of my biggest highlights has been travelling to London to Parliament to be involved with the Fund Our Future campaign. I have now also been involved in engaging active members within my local RCN branch. This includes speaking to other students about the benefits of the RCN, giving them advice when needed, being active on social media and keeping in touch with RCN news.
Today I went to the RCN HQ and did my first ever small public speech. I would NEVER have thought this would be something I would dive in to! Being able to get up in front of active RCN active members, reps, peer supporters, learning development leads and regional directors and telling them about my journey with The RCN was absolutely amazing, and I want to do it all over again.
I would 100% recommend students to become an SIO. If you are passionate about nursing, your education and feeling a part of a community and meeting like minded people, then the role is for you! It has given me the confidence to reach out and do things I never thought I could do.