We spoke to Kevin Crimmons, Head of the Dame Edith Cavell Department of Adult Nursing, to find out why nurses are so key to the wellbeing of the nation!
1. Your country needs you!
All of us are aware that nursing and midwifery is experiencing an unprecedented amount of vacancies; in January NHS Improvement published figures showing 35,000 nurse posts in England were vacant. This vacancy rate is a real cause for concern when we consider the role that nurses and fulfil. It’s probably unsurprising then that our School of Nursing and Midwifery has some of the best employability statistics across any University course; the latest statistic for our School is 99 per cent in work or further study within six months of graduation (DHLE survey, 2016/17).
2. You’ll be an expert
A general misconception exists in the media that the profession of nursing revolves around sponge baths and bedpans. Generally, today’s public is more educated about the important role nurses play in the wider healthcare community. Yet, the truth of the matter is, unless you or a loved one has spent time in a hospital, you may not fully appreciate the breadth of expertise and knowledge that nurses bring to the table.
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3. You get to know your patients
Nurses are on the frontline of administering and evaluating treatment. As a nurse you’re a patient’s greatest advocate. You spend more time with patients than other medical professionals so you can comprehensively monitor patient progress. You know which symptoms might be a red flag and can assess the effectiveness of treatment. You also become key in communicating this to the wider multidisciplinary team. Keeping this open dialogue is just one of the countless things nurses do to ensure quality of care. This care is delivered in hospitals, GP practices, and the community.
4. You support families too
One of the main roles you’ll embrace in the nursing profession is the provision of emotional support. You understand the complexities and implications of an illness. You counsel patients and family through everything from understanding a chronic condition to coping with death and dying. Your knowledge of illness combined with exceptional people skills provides comfort and stability. For many patients, this relationship is an anchor at the most challenging periods of their life.
5. Nursing is a true calling
We realise deciding to pursue a career as a nurse is an investment; financially, emotionally and three years of your life! It’s a physically demanding position; many nurses cycle through 12-hour shifts on their feet. You work Public Holidays, nights and weekends to ensure 24-hour seamless care when your patients need it. This selflessness is a key component of what makes nursing a profession that you can proud to be identified with, and also what makes it such a rewarding career.
6. We are all passionate nurses – and we’ll train you to be one too
As a School, we are all passionate nurses and midwives, absolutely committed to providing the very best environment and support to ensure you’re able to succeed in and enrich the profession we are immensely proud of. We are constantly looking to the future to ensure the facilities and placements we offer reflect the variety of settings our students will be working in when they qualify, and are fully prepared for what is a hugely varied career.
7. You’ll be essential for the wellbeing of our population
With challenges such as BREXIT, and the pressures on our NHS, nurses are more important than ever. The Government has recognised this and provided some funding concessions for students enrolling on nursing courses, such as the ability to have student loans for a second degree if your second degree is in healthcare. The NHS also provides some financial support for the cost of childcare and travel to placements.
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