2020 was supposed to be the year of the Nurse and Midwife. Exciting times for a brand new first year student children’s nurse, or so I thought.Jem
I decided after being away for a while from here to write a round up of the year so far. To document and record, to look back on in years to come and try to understand the craziness that was 2020.
After our last skills lesson at university, January saw the start of our very first placement as student nurses. My first placement was on an acute paediatric ward in the local hospital.
After nerves and fears subsided I settled in, learnt new skills and made new friends.
Australia caught fire.
Fully flung into placement and with Australia burning to the ground, whispers began of a new virus emerging in China. We didn’t think much of it. Like a flu they said, won’t really come here we thought.
How wrong we were.
A global pandemic has begun and we were so unprepared.
March was meant to be such a lovely month on a personal level. My best friend got married, was mine and my partners anniversary and we went back to university after completing our first placement and saw friends we hadn’t seen for months
Well for 1 day at least.
March 2020 saw the entire world in lock-down against an invisible viral enemy that was set to kill millions.
April was one of the hardest months for us. I had now obtained work as a HCA whilst uni was effectively put on hold (learning went online) and with my partner working in microbiology processing Covid-19 samples, we decided to send the girls away to be safe with their grandparents. I cannot explain to you how hard that decision was, or the tears I shed.
The nation and the NHS was brought to its knees under an incompetent government and we just tried to keep swimming against an ever changing current.
May is a blur of death tolls, gardening, uni work and trying to keep the black dog at bay.
So here we are. Halfway through a year that will be written about in history books.
I am working at the hospital sparodically, the girls are home after 2 months away. I have almost completed year 1 of my nursing degree and have started the thoery for year 2.
I don’t know how the rest of 2020 will pan out, things are so different and the last 6 months feel like a hazy dream. Like a film I once saw.
I remember asking ourselves so often in the beginning, how is this real?
How IS this real?
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