Tomorrow is a big day for me. I have my very own student and she's going to be with me for a whole academic year. That's a long time in nursing because we have 52 weeks in our academic years. My student is already a qualified nurse who is specialising in public health. Tomorrow is a big day because it's the first time I will meet her.
I'm sure she will have a lot of similar anxieties to me: will we get on well, will we have similar working styles etc. I hope I sleep well tonight because I want to be fresh and alert for her and I want to be able to give her the very best learning experience I possibly can.
I am going to be learning a lot too. This is a new job for me. I am an experienced nurse and I am experienced in my field but, though I have had students for a day here and there or a week here and there, never have I had so much responsibility for one nurse's learning. But I am keen and I have a good idea of what I need to do. I also know who to ask if I don't have all the answers.
I am also an ambassador for my place of work. Frequently, students who enjoy placements apply for jobs in the same places. My workplace will be hoping to recruit my student at the end of her course when she successfully completes. If she does not get along with me, or I offend her, I could put this at risk. But I am not so awful so hopefully this will not be a problem.
Of course I am worrying for nothing. My team is great. They are welcoming, supportive, fun. If I need support I will receive it. If they need my support they can count on it. There is no reason to believe my friendly team would not get along with my student.
Still, tomorrow is a big day for me...
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