Kate Horne – Student Nurse, UPDATE
About a year ago, I told you I’d jumped into a new career and was studying to become a nurse. I’m 2/3 through my first year – here’s a brief “check-in” to give you a glimpse of my new world…
Student nurse on the ward
On being a student
On the downside – some aspects of academic study make me mad! Reading books and writing essays, using a ridiculously fussy referencing system just doesn’t seem to be the best way to teach students psychology, and the people skills and emotional intelligence competencies required for nursing today. It reminds me of why I fell in love with adult learning – a respectful approach to learning which builds on the experience that people bring with them, as opposed to being treated like “empty vessels”3 who need to be filled with the lecturer’s expertise…
On the up side, I can wear jeans and comfy shoes, use the fabulous and cheap university gym and to I get to hang out with young people all the time. ☺
And keeping in touch with my old world
I’ve just finished a really enjoyable contract coaching 18 global pharma company leaders from China, Russia, Brazil, US and Europe – all on the phone. I’m still facilitating an action learning group of amazing Charity CEOs, and have been lucky enough to facilitate the occasional team away day, and help people explore personality and personal effectiveness using Myers Briggs and other tools.
It’s been a treat to keep a foot in both worlds and continue with my professional work, so please get in touch if you have any coaching or facilitation work I can help you with in the next year.
1. All names and details have been anonymised in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Practice - 2015. The Code - Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives.
2. Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy – a tube inserted into the stomach which allows patients who are unable to swallow to stay hydrated and fed.
3. Paulo Freire, an educationalist, introduced literacy classes to poor adults in Brazil. He believed that adults shouldn’t be seen as empty vessels who need to be filled up with the lecturer’s expertise, rather they can apply new learning and theories to their own experience and understanding of the world.