My arrival as a student nurse may be somewhat different to many of your own experiences, though I know there are many varied routes and driving factors that bring people into nursing. This is why we have such a diverse and enthusiastic nursing student body.
I’m married with two adult children and live in Ipswich. I am a second year Adult Nursing student at the University of Suffolk. I had a very long career in insurance but was made redundant in 2015 and decided to do something useful with the remaining years I have, so I joined the NHS as a health care assistant (HCA). I was happy doing this and had planned on continuing being an HCA until retirement. But something amazing happened a few months into my new job – the student nurses arrived on the ward! They suddenly appeared at 7am one morning in their white tunics and with their kind faces, and their enthusiasm and love of nursing was so incredibly infectious. Working with these young people and listening to their stories instilled a desire to try it myself. So, like so many HCAs, I decided to do the access course and go to university to become a nurse.
I have enjoyed the ride immensely so far and I plan to do the Professional Diploma in Tropical Nursing when I’m qualified. My aim is to become a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse, working in places like Syria where medical help is so desperately short.
I am one of the reps for my cohort, and treasurer of our nursing society too, and very much enjoy these roles.
If you are a student member of the RCN and would like to share your views, ideas or concerns with me and the rest of the RCN Students Committee, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to continuing to work on your behalf as students in the Eastern region.