Why you should consider nursing as a career

Published: Friday 12th May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Today is International Nurses Day. We’re celebrating by finding out what it’s like to be a nurse in the UK City of Culture 2017.

Nursing staff are vital to the British healthcare system. Without their hard work and determination, going to the hospital would be a very different story.

We spoke with Louise Beedle, Clinical Lead for Patient Experience and a former oncology sister at Castle Hill, about what nursing is like.

“As a trained nurse, you start your day by getting a handover from the sister who has been on the previous shift,” Louise begins. “You will then read any necessary notes and, if it’s the morning, get patients ready for breakfast.”

Louise tells us that after this it will be time for patients’ medications: “There’s also a ward checklist to ensure that they’re comfortable. They may need turning, their table pulling up or a bed adjustment.”

Observations will be logged throughout the day too, which include taking blood pressure, checking pulses and monitoring breathing rates.

“We also assist consultants as they do their rounds. We plan treatments, speak to the relatives and take calls,” Louise lists. “We do everything and anything that you could possibly fit into that day.”

Louise works hard in her role of Clinical Lead for Patient Experience to improve hospital stays for patients and visitors.

“I used to be a Ward Sister at the oncology hospital at Castle Hill,” she tells us.

“Whilst there I had to deal with a lot of emotional issues with the cancer patients and their families. It was then I realised I wanted to make a difference and make things better for the patients.”

Being a nurse is a particularly stressful role, but Louise admirably enjoys her job:

“It can be heartbreaking, especially when you work on the oncology ward. However, I take great comfort in knowing that nurses give great support, both physically and emotionally, to patients and their families.”

If you’re interested in training to be a nurse, there are several options available, one of which is to study at the University of Hull.

Gemma Ansell enrolled on the University Certificate in Health and Social Care Practice, which provides a qualification-free route into higher education for health-related subjects at the Hull campus.

She then progressed onto a specialist child nursing degree and will graduate in July with first class honours. After securing a job as a children’s ward nurse at Hull Royal Infirmary, she is excited to start her new career:

“It’s really rewarding. When you have a poorly child come onto the ward and you spend time caring for them, it’s so good to see them going home healthy and happy,” she tells us.

“My studies at the University of Hull really laid the foundation for my job and are put into practice every day.”

The University of Hull has one of the best graduate employability rates in the country. An incredible 98% of their health and social care graduates are in work or further study six months after leaving.

If you would like to know more about getting into nursing in Hull and East Yorkshire, please visit the university’s Nursing and Midwifery webpage.

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Published: Friday 12th May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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