Highly Caffeinated Nurse

Halfway

Elizabeth, Tracee and Katie at NPNR 2014

Well, a little more than halfway, now: 549 days ago, @warnetony was welcoming me to my future. 549 days from now, I will be a qualified nurse. Happy 18 months, M13 cohort! — #HelloMyNameIs Katie (@caffeinurse) September 18, 2014 The halfway-day was coincidentally marked by the first day of the NPNR conference, which I was…

Curating @NursingSUni

Mary Seacole Building, University of Salford

This was written for the Nursing at Salford University blog, about my week curating the school Twitter account, @NursingSUni. I was really excited to have the opportunity to curate the Nursing at Salford Twitter account for a week last month. I’ve been using Twitter since 2008 to keep in touch with friends, and using it…

My debut at Congress

Congress

I’m currently at my very first RCN Congress, having managed to wrangle my calendar such that I could attend lectures on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning, rush across to Liverpool for the AGM and today’s voting, and spending Saturday in the library, wrapping my head around the role of the pancreas and insulin. (Fitting in…

Dual diagnosis

Spliff

I spent a week on this placement working with a dual diagnosis nurse (DDN), as my mentor wasn’t around for a few days and being most of the way through my optional module Substance Misuse & Self-Harm, I thought it would be a really great and relevant experience, and it was! I kept a reflective diary…

A Sane New World

Sane New World

Last week, I was invited by my local branch of Mind to go and see Ruby Wax’s new show about mental health, Sane New World. I was quite excited, having seen her TED talk, Whats so funny about mental illness?, about 18 months ago, in which she tore stigma apart with humour in a way…

On Happiness

Happy Minion

It came to my attention that today, March 20th, has been declared by the United Nations as the International Day of Happiness. I’m going to rewind a little here; just over 15 years in fact. I was 11 years old and at a roller disco party organised for the top students of Year 7 as…

Compassion in Practice

Six Cs

I got an email this morning, congratulating me on being accepted as a Care Maker – a voluntary role working as an ambassador for compassion and caring in the NHS, in recognition of my efforts to promote the 6Cs, inspire the nursing community, and promote compassion and caring. I was absolutely delighted, of course, though…