Shared experiences in written blogs help early career nurses.

Part 1: Shared Learning in Healthcare: Early Career Nursing

When Emerging Nurse Leader, Lucy Osborn MACN started her career in nursing, she knew the importance of continuing development and learning.

In 2017 she started to write “The Scrubs That Fit” blog series for the Australian College of Nursing blog NurseClick. Lucy first started to write to keep a journal of her experiences, and an opportunity to improve her writing skills. To date, over 50 articles have been written in all areas of interest for new nurses.

As students and early career nurses Carina Fernandes and Hayley Pollock both found the writing invaluable for their transition. Hayley comments, “I don’t feel alone in what I’m experiencing and there are helpful tips in being a student as well as transitioning to being a graduate. It answers the questions I don’t always feel I can ask face to face”.

Lucy took a month off at end of Melbourne’s hard lockdown, after seeing through a challenging year of the COVID-19 response. She wrote about the “COVID guilts” and the benefit of taking time off.

Being in blog format, articles can be read at anytime, and shared among other nursing students. The longer term sustainability of a nursing career, relies on sharing experiences. With this in mind, Lucy advocates all nurses regularly talk with others, not just within their immediate circle and across all levels of the profession.


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