Hi, I'm Holly Lawrence.....
I'm a Registered Nurse and I created The Student Nurse Guide to help all current Student Nurses, people applying onto the Nursing Degree, and those just thinking about starting their journey to becoming a Nurse.
I began my BSc in Nursing in September 2015 and qualified in September 2018. Since then I worked on a busy but rewarding oncology/haematology ward which I loved, before specialising as a band 6 in Lymphoedema, where I now work in the community and in a clinic. When I first started my degree I was a single mum to my 2 year old daughter, surviving on benefits after escaping from a previous abusive relationship. I share this with people to show that no matter your circumstances, or your past, it is still possible to change your life. During my nursing degree I was also lucky enough to meet my husband Mark, who has supported me throughout.
Even though at times it seems impossible....dreams really can come true!
Before starting my degree I had no experience of working in a hospital environment or nursing. My desire to become a nurse actually stemmed back from caring for my mum, after she had an accident at work and suffered a brain injury. This led me into a job at a residential care home where I realised how much I loved looking after people, and felt like I was making a difference in my job. Eventually when I finally felt ready, I applied and was accepted at Swansea University to study adult nursing. Looking back now it’s funny because I always said I would never be a nurse as my mum used to be a nurse! But life has a funny way of making sure you end up where you need to be, and now I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
Being a student nurse was easily the hardest thing I have ever done!
Trying to get through all the academic work and pass the assignments and exams was tough enough. But then combining this with 37.5 hours of clinical placement a week?! Let alone managing a budget and housework and keeping family commitments and raising a toddler on top. But all this taught me so many valuable lessons that I can now share. The biggest lesson being that if you can pass your nursing degree, then everything else is easy and you can pretty much achieve anything after this! After struggling to find practical solutions for common issues I faced as a student nurse, I vowed to help others & share everything I had learnt once I qualified.
So I created The Student Nurse Guide to help you
- I wanted somewhere accessible and inclusive for all student nurses to connect and support each other, in a positive, safe environment without fear of judgement or criticism.
I didn't want student nurses to have to struggle like I did, just trying to get through the course and keep up with all the changes.
I wanted to share all the information I had learnt, which would have made my life so much easier if only I had known it from the start.
I didn't want anyone else to have to make the same mistakes that I did, or waste precious time trying to find answers to the same problems I had dealt with.
- I wanted to provide all the tools and resources in one place, and show exactly how to implement them to save you lots of time & money.
The Student Nurse Guide is for all current UK Student Nurses
and those who want to find out more about studying nursing
It might seem easy to just try and google everything yourself to find out what you need to know, but so much of the information is not applicable to the UK or is out of date. A simple question often ends up becoming hours of trawling through stuff that is either too basic or just not relevant. Your personal tutor at uni might be difficult to get hold of and the other students on your course can’t help because their personal circumstances are completely different to yours.
This is where The Student Nurse Guide sets out to meet all of the above and help you with whatever you need. Even if you still can’t find answers or need more support you can email us anytime at: [email protected] where we’ll be happy to help you.
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