Here, they describe what it has been like returning to ICU during the pandemic, sharing advice for newly registered nurses and students entering the workforce early to support the NHS.
To all nursing students who are able to ‘opt in’ to practice as part of the COVID-19 response, remember you are incredibly well prepared for this. You have studied hard and worked many hours in practice, under the supervision of healthcare professionals, and in a wide range of settings. We are confident that you will bring a fresh perspective, leading to new and more effective ways of working as we establish a new ‘normal abnormal’.
We hope you will have confidence to enable change, and feel your contribution is valued. Transition from student to qualified registered nurse has always been a challenging time. We don’t underestimate how this challenge is heightened during a situation none of us have faced in our professional careers, not even those of us who have been qualified for many decades. However, we are one big team, and we are delighted to be in this team with you.