Second day of my GP placement

As I said in my previous blog, today I was immunising babies. This is something I have never seen before so I was quite excited to be learning something completely new.

I arrived early as usual. One hour and ten minutes to be exact. The car did not start again this morning (but I was prepared for this) so I got 2 trains and a bus to my placement. Since I was early, I thought I would have a walk down the street and see what is around the clinic. A few doors down I found a lovely cafe! So I went inside and had a bacon sandwich and a cup of tea before starting (second breakfast for me) all for a bargain price of £2.60. Amazing. This placement just gets better and better!

9am came and I met with my mentor again, told her what a fantastic day I had, had yesterday and she seemed really happy to hear that. I think, because we were quite busy she worried I was put off maybe? But quite the opposite. It is so lovely to have a nurse as your mentor that cares about you. She has faith in students and is so willing and eager to teach me everything.

Ok, I am putting off the main points of today now haha. So, in came our first baby of the day. She was so small I started to wonder where the injection even goes?!

‘What if this baby breaks or something?’

I have never dealt with babies, I do not even know what to do with them?! Deep breath…

My mentor showed me how to draw up the vaccine and I stood and watched her give the first injection. Which actually goes into the thigh and not the arm. Something I have learnt today.

Wow. Instantly, that baby screamed! My heart started pounding and I wanted to make baby feel better. The baby did not understand a word I was saying but I kept saying ‘aww it’s ok, you are big and strong now’ whilst observing the mothers face for her tears or anger at us for hurting her little one. I know the injections are for the best but it broke my heart. It was so heartbreaking, my eyes filled up a little. I reminded myself it was ok and the baby is safe and it is over now and I felt right again. One thing to add to my new found list of ‘things that are going to affect me as a student nurse / Nurse;’ babies. The reason I chose adult over child nursing was this. I imagined it to be heartbreaking. I can deal with adults all day long, but when it is a baby that does not even know what life is yet… it makes me sad. I am not sure how I will feel being the one giving that injection for the first time… but I have always said to others and I will take the advice myself, face your fears head on to get over them.

I fully applaud all you child nurses out there or any nurse out there that cares for babies and children! You do an amazing job ❤️

(google image 2018).

So right now… I have finished placement early as I have to make my way to London for the student nursing times awards!!! How exciting! And this shall be blogged about later…. for now, goodbye.


34 years old and finally achieving my dream of becoming a nurse.


  • Dr. Andrea Dinardo March 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm Reply

    Your posts are so inspiring! ☀️

    I will definitely share with my psychology in nursing students!

    Keep believing in miracles! You are one. 🌟💫

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