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THE A WORD...Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

No fancy photos. No witty opening lines. No jokey comments. Mental Health is something not to be taken lightly. We need to be more open about it. According to the World Health Organisation, there are 1 in 4 of us with Mental Health issues in the world. Thats a huge number. There's a few reasons why I wanted to write a post such as this and one of the main reasons is I suffer from Anxiety and panic attacks quite frequently and since the age of 15/16, I still have to battle with it, nearly 7 years later. I don't often tell people about it, I never know why but here I am, spreading the word. In light of Mental Health Awareness Week, I wanted to share my experience with my mental health.

I first realised I had anxiety when I was at school and I got a crap result in a mock test and I took myself to the toilet and had the worst stabbing pains in my chest, pains in my head and couldn't catch my breath. Tears filled my eyes but I didn't want to make a noise because I didn't…

What it's really like being a Nurse...

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In honour of International Nurses Day, I wanted to write a post about what it's really like to be a Nurse. I've been qualified since November 2016 and prior to this, I've worked in the NHS since 2015 doing various things such as a Health and Social care course, Nursing cadets and then as a student Nurse leading to where I am now, a qualified Staff Nurse. I love my job. There is no doubt about it, I love working with patients and with other devoted staff to bring the best healthcare possible to those who are in need. I never wanted to be a Nurse, I wanted to be a paramedic originally and got told all through school to aim to be a Doctor. I never fancied being a Doctor, the main reason I didn't want too was I thought I couldn't tell someone their loved one had passed away. How little I knew, this is mainly done by Nurses now. Something I still struggle to do.

I some how ended up choosing subjects at college and school to get me into either paramedic training or nurse …