A photo of me.

I have some major catching up to do with this challenge, my week has been pretty hectic workload wise, although I am now on annual leave…I am currently on a train home from my RCN Council meeting in London, I have written two draft outline plans for the school project I have planned and also for a student conference, so now the heavy work is done and dusted (for now…) here is my day 18 for @BloggerNurse 30 day challenge supporting NHS horizons in changing perceptions of nursing.

I wanted to pick a nursing photo…of course…Which was surprisingly hard to do, I have had so many wonderful experiences and memories as a healthcare worker over the years…its too hard to pin down one defining moment that I’m proud of or feel a massive sense of pride in, because in all honestly I feel that way about most of the things I have had the opportunity to do over the years.

Recently I have been reflecting a lot on how I have got to this point, where I am actually a registered nurse. I still honestly can’t believe I am here in life now as a nurse, writing a blog about being a nurse! It still crazy to me, I could have never even dream to have achieved this incredible honour.

At school, I was generally seen as a failure and had a doubtful future…

I remember this opportunity to go to an NHS workshop day, this was to show nursing as a career option, I personally had absolutely no interest what’s so ever in becoming a health care anything…but it was going to get me out of my religious studies class…so I signed up!

I remember going to a ward and getting to use a hoist and wearing the infection control masks, and generally have a laugh with my mates, they said I would need to get a C in a science or health and social care, I knew then I had no chance of going anywhere near a career in a field of science. I left that day thinking id never be capable of doing any kind of job like that…

here is a picture of me and my schoolmates at Gloucester Royal Hospital in 2005 little did I know, that in 2015 (10 years later) I would start my nurse training and end up in that very same hospital as a newly qualified nurse!

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At least 3 of the people in these photos are nurses now and some working in different areas of health!

Jumping forward 13 years to now, my (then) religious studies teacher commented after reading an article I had written for a national Newspaper saying:

“Look at you! I’m so proud! You’ve come such a long way and are super amazing! In fact Miss Charlotte Hall you are llama amazing!” (I LOVE llamas FYI)

I still pinch myself everyday when i remeber  that I am a qualified nurse with a 1st class honours! Something I thought was impossible!

Let this be a lesson to others out there reading before you go through years and years of self-doubt and lack of confidence like I did…

please remember, you are your only true limit.

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING, YOU JUST HAVE TO TRY!

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