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Posted: 08/09/17

Getting to know you at nursing induction

Newly-enrolled Access to HE Nursing and Healthcare students welcomed past learners who are now working in the healthcare sector, at a specialist induction session yesterday (7 September) at West Nottinghamshire College.

  • Children's nurse Rebecca Miller (centre) spoke to Lottie Wales (left) and Lynsey Ward (right) about the diversity of careers
  • The informal format of the session encouraged students to ask a range of questions about the nursing sector

More than a dozen past students joined in the coffee morning which saw them speak to the class of 40 about the many aspects of nursing and the study pathways they took to be where they are today.

The event was designed to be an ice-breaker session where current students could ask questions in an informal chat format, with tutor Helen Chadwin saying the event was, “a great way to bring together people who have completed this course, those who are new to the sector and our new students who have lots of questions about the diversity of nursing.”

Students rotated around the room in groups to ensure they spoke to as many guests as possible, which included newly-qualified nurses, midwifes and radiography practitioners.

Nineteen-year-old Lottie Wales has just enrolled on the access course and is hoping to have a career as a midwife. She met with Rebecca Miller, who was an access student herself in 2013 and has since qualified as a paediatric nurse.

Lottie said: “Today’s been really helpful speaking to professionals in person who have all been through the same learning process we’re going through.

“It’s good to get their impression of the industry, learn about their experiences and hear about university studies. It’s made me feel less apprehensive already.”

Rebecca said: “After school I studied a degree in history and English and after a number of unfulfilling jobs I decided I wanted to pursue nursing. Because I hadn’t got any sciences or maths, I enrolled on the Access to Nursing and Healthcare course, which was the starting point for me in getting the right skills and experience.

“After that I did a graduate entry course and a two-year masters degree. I’ve enjoyed being able to share my unique journey with these new students and to show them that there are so many avenues to go down in the nursing sector.”