Twitter handle: @PUNCrachpalmer
Patient/Carer or NHS Staff: NHS Staff
Condition or job title: Student Nurse – second year, adult branch
Place of treatment/care or workplace: University of Plymouth
Hello, my name is Rachael and I’m a second year adult nursing student at the University of Plymouth. I came into nursing straight from A-levels, from a small family farm in Somerset, and this has brought with it its own challenges and opportunities. Being the first in my family to train as a healthcare professional, has given me a drive to take every opportunity to develop as a person and as a nurse.
The turning point in my training has been the completion of the Council of Deans of Health Student Leadership Programme; a unique experience that brought like-minded student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals together for leadership training and personal development. We made friends for life and began to see the NHS as something big, beautiful and complex, coming up with ideas about how we may begin to tackle some of the challenges.
Within the University, I also chair the Plymouth branch of Students for Global Health, have been organising a South West Regional Student Leadership in Healthcare conference, am a course rep, PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Scheme) leader, Royal College of Nursing Student Information Officer and a team member of the @StNurseProject on Twitter. The nursing school at the University of Plymouth actively encourages the use of Twitter as a means of networking, learning and support; it’s been such a catalyst for change and opportunity. One minute you’re talking to another student nurse, and the next minute it’s the chief nursing officer!
These experiences have all contributed to a really positive and fulfilling time as a student nurse so far and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings. In my spare time I enjoy reading, exploring the great outdoors, cooking, and popping home to see the family & collie dog!