- Talk, tell, transform
- Coming together
- Working together
- Learning together
- Easy breathing
- Speaking Up
- Dignity and respect
- Getting involved in research
- Working smarter
- Why teach English?
- After the fires
- Dangling conversations
- Sheffield Carers' Voices 2
- NHS Lothian telehealth stories
- In the lead
- Stories from the National Patient Safety Agency
- Telehealth stories
- Stories of recovery from La Trobe University
- MND stories
- NHS Leeds PPI stories
- Sheffield Carers' Voices
- End of Life Care
- Stories from the University of Liverpool
- Stories from the Isle of Wight Stroke Club
- Stories from the University of Nottingham
- Stories from the University of Huddersfield
- Communities of health
- Stories from the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
- Stories from junior doctors in training
- Stories from the Saskatoon Health Region
- Arthur & Co.: Stories about living with Arthritis
- Society of the Holy Child Jesus
- Healing journeys
- Work in Progress
- Caring for vulnerable babies: the reorganisation of neonatal services in England
- Interpreting Tales
- Having a stroke: being a parent
- Stories from Connecting for Health
- Stories from the RCN quality improvement programme
- Carers' Resource, Harrogate, Craven and Airedale
- Stories from the RCN
- Reconnecting with life: stories of life after stroke
- Stories from Pilgrim Projects
- Stories from the Working in Partnership Programme (WiPP)
- Stories from NHS Tayside
- Stories from NEYNL
- Stories from the Heart Improvement Programme
- Charles Bruce's stories
- Grace and Joe Desa's stories
- Alison Ryan's stories
- David Clark's stories
- Emma Allen's stories
- Monica Clarke's stories
- Ian Kramer's stories
Stories from the University of Nottingham
These stories were created in Patient Voices digital storytelling workshops in 2008 and 2009.
Even the best education and training cannot prepare newly-qualified nurses for the often shocking experience of working on the ward or in the community. These stories were created by young mental health nurses in an attempt to explain the need for support and reassurance in those early days as they learn to navigate the responsibilities, difficulties and dangers of clinical practice.
As professionals, how do we care, and how much can we allow ourselves to care? As a young nurse, Gemma finds that the professional and emotional difficulties she must navigate have a deep personal resonance.
When Rachel qualifies she is idealistic, determined to help and fix her young patient. When circumstances mean that she cannot help her client reach the end of the journey, her resulting uncertainty and self-questioning are helped by the support and understanding of her professional peer group.
The human relationship between mental health nurse and client is one of the most powerful tools available to a mental health nurse. But when Gemma's carefully-nurtured professional relationship with a client breaks down, what other avenues are open to her?
As an enthusiastic, committed, newly-qualified nurse, Susanna values and acknowledges her patients’ own expertise in their conditions and care, but can she maintain her belief when the system seems to feel otherwise?
After qualifying, Vicky begins her career as a mental health nurse with excitement and enthusiasm, but when the therapeutic relationship with a patient breaks down dramatically, she is shocked and fearful. Is this the right job for her.
How should we break bad news? How can we train and prepare nurses for this situation? Early in her career, Rebecca is emotionally affected by a patient’s death. She is thanked by the family for her professionalism and friendly, caring manner – but her openness is seen by a colleague as wrong and unprofessional.
Heather has always wanted to be a nurse. A challenging night shift soon after qualification shakes the foundations of her belief in herself, but she is able to start the process of rebuilding through the small, but important successes that make up her day-to-day practice.
Lindsay is a committed, enthusiastic and newly-qualified mental health nurse – eager to learn and dedicated to caring. But one day, early in her career, she is brought face-to-face with aspects of practice that are totally in conflict with her vocation.