Being a NurseA personal guide from graduation to revalidation
By Lauren Philpott
Jun 2018 , 154 pp
Jun 2018 , 154 pp
Being a Nurse will help both student nurses and newly qualified nurses in their progression from graduation to revalidation.
It takes a special sort of person to be a nurse and starting a new career can be a daunting prospect for anyone – this book will prepare you for the transition from student to registered nurse and help you make the most of your time as a newly qualified nurse. The book provides advice to new starters on dealing with the challenges of being a nurse. It covers important topics such as:
- first-day nerves
- the value of teamwork
- how to avoid burnout
- coping with a bad day
- how to know when you’re ready to progress.
Lauren Philpott recently qualified as a registered nurse and has drawn on her own experience to write “the book I wish I’d had”. In the words of one reviewer, “it’s like she’s taking you by the hand and helping you through the transition that she went through herself”.
“Being a Nurse is a great resource for anyone starting out in their nursing careers. It offers sensible down to earth advice, drawing on the author’s real life experience of what it is like to work as a Registered Nurse for the first time. The author tackles some really challenging topics, such as dealing with difficult situations/people, burnout, having a bad day (and importantly how to get over it!) as well as emphasising the many positives that nursing brings. She takes the new graduate through their nursing journey, from the first day on the job, to developing in confidence and how to work towards revalidation, taking a pragmatic, yet very readable approach. This would make a great gift for any soon to graduate or recently qualified nurse.”
Liz Williams, Assistant Professor, Year 2 Clinical Skills, University of Nottingham
“What I like about ‘Being a Nurse’ is that it is a first-hand guide to being a newly registered nurse; it gives helpful information about all those things you didn’t learn about when you were a student nurse. To name a few; annual leave, revalidation, finding your role within the team and CPD.
...The content of ‘Being a Nurse’ is written in such a way that it very much feels like an informal chat with Lauren herself, and this makes for a comforting read. Its easy layout is set with bullet points and ‘top tip’ sections which can help you easily summarise each chapter. There are also quotes of real-life situations and cases, which always helps put theory ideas into reality. Although Lauren is a children’s nurse, the topics discussed in the book are easily transferable to other branches of nursing.
I would recommend this book to any student nurses, especially students about to qualify.”
Online review from Diary of a Chief Nurse Junior Fellow
Me and my book
Chapter One: First day nerves
Your first days
Am I ready?
Going it alone
A shaky start
On a positive note
Common worries answered
Chapter Two: Teamwork
The importance of teamwork
The nursing team
Finding your role within the team
The multidisciplinary team
Teamwork in an emergency
Chapter Three: Patient relationships
A positive relationship
Establishing a good relationship
What if I don’t strike a relationship with a patient?
Chapter Four: Difficult situations
Dealing with challenging people
Disagreements with colleagues
Breaking bad news
The death of a patient
When mistakes are made
How to cope with difficult situations
Chapter Five: Good days and bad days
What makes our shifts good?
What do you think?
Why do bad days happen?
How to help yourself have a good day
How to recover from a bad day
Chapter Six: Progression and confidence
Learning ‘on the job’
As your confidence grows
Caring for sick patients
Becoming a mentor
Chapter Seven: Work/life balance
What is burnout?
How to avoid burnout
Leaving work at work
Take your breaks
Take time to rest
Look after yourself
Supporting your colleagues through burnout
Chapter Eight: Revalidation, and everything in between
Everything in between