On The Long Road to Becoming a Nurse

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Some of you have been asking how I am getting on with my nursing studies. Well I can say that it is pretty hard going as I thought it would be, but I am LOVING it!!


I’m two months into my studies

And have found it pretty full-on

My head is spinning with info

And I wonder where the time’s gone!

The poor dummies have taken a battering

Where we have pummelled their chest

They’ve been prodded, pricked and manhandled

To help us perform at our best

I’ve become addicted to You Tube

To help me out with my studies

I am re-acquainted with referencing

‘Cite Them Right’ and me are best buddies!

I thought I had a good knowledge

From experience, I had before

But this is delving much deeper

And I need to learn so much more

I knew it was not going to be easy

And despite sometimes getting a bit terse

I am so happy to be studying

To become a Registered Nurse!





  1. LOL! I come from a family of nurses (who all studied in the days before YouTube – how did they manage?), and your prose made me smile. Best of luck, and it sounds like you’re going to be an amazing RN!

  2. Glad to hear it’s going well. Love the poem. I’m pleased to hear the dummies have been updated and modernised. When I did a first aid course I could not get the chest to inflate no matter how hard I tried. I was becoming quite light headed with my efforts, not to mention embarrassed and frustrated – and then the trainer noticed the tube to the lungs had come adrift!

    1. Oh that must have been horrendous for you Mary. The dummies we have now can scream and do all sorts!!!
      Glad you enjoyed the poem 🙂

  3. Well done, Judy. So pleased to hear it’s going well and you’re enjoying the course. I did a first-aid course at my last job and enjoyed wrapping people up in bandages and pumping at the poor dummies. I think they were all called Annie. I noticed there are no men in the photo, so am guessing no men on the course?

    1. Yes, we have dressed and injected the poor dummies plus there is lots more in strore for them! They are much more sophisticated now though Hugh and all come completely, ahemm, intact!! (Yes of course we peeped under the gown)! Some of them can groan and scream too, I am told, although that may be a bit creepy for me!
      We have one poor man in the other group to ours, but I don’t think he minds as occaionally we all join up and he is surrounded by loads of women!!

      1. Well, Annie the Dummy seems to have changed quite a bit since my first-aid course, Judy. I don’t think I like the idea of what she has turned into. Must surprise quite a few people who maybe do not know what she does.

        Yes, I bet that gentleman has a lovely time when you all get together. I remember when I was sent on my first-aid course. Didn’t want to do it, but my Boss pleaded with me to go, because somebody had to do it! I dreaded the whole thing , was late, but quickly changed my mind when I entered the room and saw and heard the rest of the class were from the building trade. 😁 Needless to say, I passed and enjoyed using the bandage quite a lot, insisting that they had a cut to their biceps. 😁

        1. HAHA! Trust you to fall on your feet, I would have enjoyed that first aid course too with a load of builders to practice on! Well as far as Annie goes, we have an Arnie too (that is who we peeked at)!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  4. I have been looking forward to hearing about your progress at Nursing School, Judy. So pleased it is going well. Learning is such a joy when you are interested in the topic.

    1. Yes, although some of it is sooooo tricky to get into my head, but I am ploughing through any way I can to get it to sink in.
      I am going to spend the next 6 weeks working out on placement in an environment where I have never worked before o that will be great experience for me).

  5. Congratulations! Back in my day (hear the lil’ violin?!) there was no YouTube or Cite it Right – I don’t even know what that is, but I can guess by the name. All my assignments were laboriously handwritten and we were thrown in the deep end as it was hospital based training. Being married, I didn’t have to live in the nurses quarters on campus, but that ruling had only just changed 🙂 I loved the clinical work and went on to specialise in mental health – which I also loved. It’s the politics that got to me. I hope the horizontal bullying, which was rife in nursing here, is ancient history. Good luck to you and enjoy !!

    1. I know how hard it was back in your day Raili. My mum was a registered nurse right back in the 50s which I know is before your time, but they too had to hand write everything and slog over dry old text books! She even mentioned boiling up test tubes to perform urinalysis whereas now we just dip it!!! We have got it easier in many ways now.
      There is still a lot of politics going on that spoils things, but I am hoping to be able to put that to one side ass much as I can and concentrate on the nursing (easier said than done, I know)! 🙂

      1. one of the best bits of advice I was given was to watch out for the staff, get to know them, don’t get involved in the politics, but keep your own nose clean. The clinical work is a cinch 🙂

  6. I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying your studies! That’s wonderful, Judy!! You are going to be fantastic! Your caring and compassionate nature is definitely an asset to the profession. 🙂 xo

    1. Thank you so much Tonya. I am lucky to have been seconded by work so am trying to put as much in and get as much out as I can. 🙂

  7. I truly love the fact that you are working so hard and putting so much effort into your course, so proud of you Hun 💜🎆

  8. I remember going through nursing school. It is a tough journey but will be worth it. I have no regrets and it will be worth it! Enjoy.

    1. Thank you Amy. It is lovely of you to come over and comment as it encourage me to keep at it as I know it will be so worthwhile 🙂

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