The Student Nurse Diaries #2 | Half Way Through First Year!?

Hiya everyone and welcome back to my blog! It’s almost time for my summer break from university which means that I’m officially half way through my first year and I can’t believe how fast it’s gone! I have absolutely loved it so far but nursing has also brought new challenges. So I thought I would write a little update post on how I got on in my 8 week placement block and what I’ve got up to over the past few weeks!!



During my 8 week placement block I have learnt so much and met so many amazing people. My different placements were a week in a nursing home, a week with the mental health community team, 2 weeks with the learning disability community team and 4 weeks on an infectious disease ward. Each placement brought new experiences and taught me something new! My favourite placement was definitely the ward as I learnt so much, was able to form great relationships with patients and develop my practical skills! It was amazing to get out into placement after so many weeks of theory and to be able to put what I’d learnt into practice. I already feel like I’ve grown in confidence and I am excited to get back into placement in September!


Midpoint assessment and my portfolio.

At the end of my first 8 week placement block I had my mid-point tripartite which is a meeting with my placement mentor, an academic mentor from university and me. In this meeting they check that you have filled out certain parts of your portfolio and then assess you on different competencies. It was definitely a challenge to get my portfolio sorted as there is so much paperwork to go into it, including learning logs, certificates and much more! But I managed to get everything filled in in time and I passed my midpoint! There’s still more to complete in my portfolio but that’s not due until the end of first year so I have plenty of time to work my way through it!


Exams and assignments.

Since my last student nurse diaries post, I’ve done an anatomy and physiology exam, a drug calculations exam and handed in a community profile assignment! I got over 75% on all of them which I am absolutely thrilled about! As I’m writing this post I have an exam tomorrow which is decision making questions based on a scenario that you are given a week in advance. I am a bit nervous for this one but hopefully everything will be alright! I then have an assignment to hand in on Friday which is a reflection based on feedback from patients on my ward. But once they are handed in this week, I’m finished for Summer!


Summer break.

As I said before, I’m finished for summer after my exam and assignment are completed and I couldn’t be more excited for a break. As much as I love being a student nurse, it is very challenging, both physically and mentally so a little 3 week break is just what I need! I don’t get a huge summer like most degrees which is a shame but I guess it keeps me busy haha! My only plan for my summer break is going to Zante for a week with my two best friends which is going to be amazing, so expect some posts about that!

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What are your plans for Summer? 

And as always, thanks for reading!


  1. Kayleigh
    07/08/2019 / 3:51 pm

    I’m starting Uni in September to study Adult Nursing and this post has just made me even more excited!! I can’t wait to get started! I’m also going to Zante for a week in September, for my summer holiday… can’t wait for sun, sea & cocktails hehe 🙂 glad you’re enjoying Uni!! Xx

    • Rachel
      07/08/2019 / 3:57 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad that I’ve got you excited haha! It is amazing and I’m sure you’ll absolutely love it! Also, have an amazing holiday! 🙂 xx

  2. 08/08/2019 / 7:14 pm

    Wow incredible, going through placements must be so time-consuming and energy draining. It must have been a fantastic experience nevertheless, go you – you will help out so many people!
    Laura /

    • Rachel
      08/08/2019 / 7:15 pm

      Thank you!! That’s so lovely, it really means a lot 🙂 x

  3. 09/08/2019 / 5:15 pm

    Congrats on getting such an amazing mark on your exams! My friend is doing a nursing degree at the moment, just finished second year, and it sounds SO difficult. I really have so much respect for everyone who does a degree in healthcare. xx
    El // Welsh Wanderer

    • Rachel
      09/08/2019 / 5:22 pm

      Thank you so much!! That really means so much to me 🙂 xx

  4. 11/08/2019 / 10:03 am

    Have a wonderful and well deserved summer break! My cousin has just graduated as a nurse and although it’s so much work, its worth it in the end, I’m so proud of her!
    Soph – x

    • Rachel
      11/08/2019 / 10:14 am

      Thank you so much! Well done to your Cousin, that’s amazing!! 🙂 x

  5. 11/08/2019 / 1:04 pm

    Wow this sounds like so much work but I am sure it’s so rewarding. Congrats for how well you’re doing. Hope you have a lovely 3 week break x

    • Rachel
      11/08/2019 / 1:19 pm

      Thank you lovely! Xx

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