A big well done to cohort 115 for successfully completing their student nurse training and officially becoming registered nurses!
Around 30 nurses accepted their certificates and pin badges last night (25 January) as part of their 'graduation' ceremony held in Walsall Manor Hospital’s Sister Dora Lecture Theatre, with 26 of those having secured posts across the Trust in adult and paediatric nursing – both acute and community.
After three years of hard work, Louise Baker is excited to start her permanent role on the hospital’s Acute Medical Unit (a busy short-stay ward for patients needing urgent medical assessment).
“I’m really honoured to be part of the nursing profession and to now be an official employee of the Trust – I feel really blessed” said the 37-year-old.
“I’ve had fantastic support from the staff here and at the University of Wolverhampton. I’m really excited to get started.”
27-year-old Dean Wood is another joining a faced paced team; heading over to join the hospital’s Critical Care Unit, soon to be placed in the new Integrated Critical Care Unit due for completion towards the end of this year (bringing together the Trust’s Intensive Therapy Unit and the High Dependency Unit into one larger unit).
“I’ve had such great experiences while training with Walsall Healthcare and I’ve particularly enjoyed the technicalities of critical care” explained Dean. “It really inspired me to work in this area.”
“I’m really excited to work in the brand new unit and to be working with a great bunch of people.”
But it’s not just adult nursing, as the ceremony saw paediatric nurses Joanne Beeman and Christine Stephens eager to kick-off their nursing career as part of the Trust’s School Nursing team.
Jo, who will be based at Harden Health Centre, said: “The paediatric staff have been wonderful to work with; on ward 21, in paediatric outpatients and out in the community. Everyone has been really supportive.”
Christine, who will be based at the Bentley Health Centre, reinforced this: “Lots of help and advice has been on offer during our training. No question has been too silly to ask and we’ve been given lots of opportunities to develop – it’s been great for discovering what area of nursing you’re passionate about.”
Becky McBride, Practice Placement Manager said: “It has been a pleasure to support the students on a journey that has presented many challenges for them – both professionally and personally.
“They have embraced the changes within the NHS, working with commitment and compassion, and have been able to provide high standards of care to all our patients and service users in both acute and community settings.
“I am privileged to have supported them along with my colleagues Kerry Siau and Xana Marriott and wish them all a long and rewarding career in the nursing profession.”