Nursing Studies at Surrey

Documenting the experiences of nursing students at Surrey

Let’s Talk Self – Care

#HelloMyNameisBecci and I am a Teaching Fellow in Child Health Nursing at the University of Surrey. I have been nursing for 17 years and my background is primarily A&E and surgical nursing. I have worked in a mixture of private, public and specialist children’s hospitals and I have also nursed in New Zealand.  Throughout my […]

Training through a pandemic

The recent pandemic has caused a lot of upset, anxiety and confusion. In a course which is already quite demanding, myself and Shay are here to reflect on our experiences of training through a pandemic and how we are finding way’s to cope throughout… #HelloMyNameIsChlöe and I am a third year course rep and student […]

My New Life as an NQN

#HelloMyNameIsTia and having studied at Surrey for the past few years and having run this blog for 2 years, it feels very bizarre to me to be writing this as an ex-student and a ‘guest post’.  I have now been qualified for just over two months and in my new role as a registered paediatric […]

The importance of mental health…

World Mental Health Day is the 10th October, so it feels apt to focus this week’s blog on mental health and wellbeing. When I completed my Children’s Nurse training almost twenty years ago, mental health and wellbeing was not as widely recognised or championed as it is today for healthcare students. The focus was different […]


Welcome to the University of Surrey’s Child Nursing Blog! We are really excited you are here and can’t wait for you to read some of the amazing posts we have in store for you. From reflections to top tips, we hope this blog will help you through your nursing journey and provide some insight into […]

Year 1 Insight Visits

Student A (S’21 cohort) As a mature student with no previous healthcare experience, I found my Insight visits invaluable and a real opportunity to get an understanding of a healthcare environment before starting full time placements.  I was lucky enough to be invited to join the infection control team at an acute hospital. Considering the […]

Coping with Mental Health as a Student Nurse!

The topic surrounding mental health, can always be difficult for people to discuss and therefore, if you are struggling in general or reading this please contact the relevant details below: Samaritans- 116 123 Papyrus HOPELINEUK- 0800 068 41 41 NHS- 111 if you feel as if you pose significant harm to yourself Anxiety UK- 03444 […]

‘A GP Practice Nursing placement as a Student Children’s Nurse’

#hellomynameis Aliya and I am a 2nd year student children’s nurse. At the beginning of my second year, I began a nine-week long placement across two GP surgeries, working predominantly with two practice nurses. I wanted to write about and reflect on this placement as I feel it is less talked about than other placements […]

“Whatever’s going to happen, will happen. Whether we worry about it or not” – Starting a new placement!

#HelloMyNameIsShannon and I’m here to talk about starting new placements… it’s both terrifying and exhilarating, right? At the beginning of each academic year I’m riddled with anticipation, waiting for the university to release our placements for the year. I’ve no idea what to expect and have no way of guessing how my year will pan […]

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