Second year, child nursing, University of Bangor
Hello Nursing Times! I am Thomas, and I am a second-year child nursing student from the University of Bangor.
My nursing journey has been a difficult one, which I would say to anyone. It has been hard work but worth it. So my story begins when I was a child, my mum was a mental health nurse, nursing children.
I would go to the unit sometimes and play outside, and I would always say “Mummy looks after poorly children and makes them better”.
When I was around 7, I had a maths teacher who was not very nice, called me stupid, destroying my confidence in the topic, stroll on later to one fashion degree and being a qualified hairdresser; I finished university and needed a job. I went to work for a wonderful man who’s wife had dementia, and I knew I should have been a nurse.
I did my care qualifications worked my way up, but was stuck. I could not go any further, so I went back to college, did an access to nursing course in 2018. I was going to be a mental health nurse, then I went to work in a children’s hospital, and I knew I was a child nurse, no question about it.
What should you expect from me as a student editor?
I am a massive champion of children’s mental health; I want to challenge my readers in areas such as palliative care and neuroscience, where nursing can be complex. Much good work can be done, and you should not be afraid to be involved in it.
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