Working in Nursing can be very rewarding but it requires a lot of hard work and dedication.
Lisa Lane is currently studying to be a Children’s Nurse and is in her final year of training. In this interview she talks to Jobulo about what it’s like to study the profession and gives an insight into the industry.
How Did You Start to Train as a Nurse?
I did various A levels including Performance Studies, Psychology and Health and Social Care. Throughout my time at college I realised my strengths which were in Health and Social Care and decided to focus my efforts on that. You needed a B B C to get onto the university course for Children’s Nursing, which I secured, and I am now in my final year of study.
What Does the Course Involve?
It is half placement – so working on children’s wards and at the moment I am doing school nursing which is where I am assessed on my practical skills. The other half of the course is made up of lectures, a couple of exams a year and role plays where you are assessed to see how competent you are in dealing with different cases like Asthma.
What is It Like Training to Be a Nurse?
I don’t think nurses get enough credit for what they do as there is a lot to learn and a variety of avenues you can go down. As a student you focus on basic nursing care so for me, specialising in Children’s nursing, it can be changing nappies and doing observations like temperature, heart rate and assessing what is normal and abnormal. In the third year you are given a lot more responsibility and usually have your own patients which helps to build your confidence.
What Qualities Do You Need to be a Nurse?
Patience, compassion and empathy. You need to be a caring person too – if you are not a caring person don’t go into Nursing because that is what your patients will need. You should have good communication skills and be able to work in a team too.
What Advice Would You Give to Someone Wanting to Work in Nursing?
Do as well as you can in GCSE’s, go to college and do a BTEC for 2 years or do standard A Levels and then get as much work experience as possible. Get some background in what you are going to specialise in and then apply to university and hopefully they should be happy with your qualifications and experience.