As I take on the challenge of starting a blog – which is basically a public diary, let’s be honest – I am just about to start my third year as a Children and Young People’s (CYP for short) student nurse, leaving on an Erasmus placement in Linkoping, Sweden. And oh my, is it going to be a roller coaster, so why not share it with someone?
I moved to the UK in 2015 to start the BSc in CYP nursing, at the University of Salford. Prior to that, I lived in Brussels, Belgium – for those of you who don’t know, it’s a small grey country with amazing chocolate, beer, and fries. The people complain when it rains, and are mystified when it doesn’t. They bust out their shorts and t-shirts for the one week of summer, then get annoyed that it’s hot and humid – much like here. Last year was tricky, getting used to the little differences between the UK and back home, such as bus tickets, the need to physically send original documents for everything, and being called “hun” or “darling” by complete strangers! So now I live in a flat with my partner and our many pets. I may not be living the stereotypical “student life”, but that suits me just fine.
Since first two years are over, and the “final stretch” begins, I’ve decided to try and make the most of my time during this exchange programme and attempt to document my monumental triumphs and abysmal failures, as well as everything inbetween. I hope to be able to develop some insight into the world of nursing, both in the UK and in Sweden. I want to be able to delve into the various topics that encompass being a student nurse. Hopefully, once I have my pin, it will serve as a reminder of where I was and how far I’ve managed to come. For all my fellow nursing students, I hope to be able to at least shed at least a glimmer of clarity on the crazy and amazing journey we have embarked on.