Five members of staff at Nuffield Health Cardiff and Vale Hospitals have been inspired to pursue nursing as a career and to study at university to fulfil this ambition. All in their early 20s, they have decided to do this as a result of their positive experience of working with patients and staff and are being supported and developed by the private hospital to realise their potential.
Rebecca Pemberton, Abbey Maybank, Jenna Healey and Cara Hiles have all worked as health care assistants at the Vale and Cardiff Bay hospitals, whilst Hannah Stowe is in hospital housekeeping.
Rebecca, who began working at Nuffield Health three years ago, says “I was lucky enough to be given an opportunity to complete the Nuffield Health Healthcare Assistant NVQ Level 2 apprenticeship for 12 months and since then I have been working on the wards, including day and night shifts, in the outpatient department and in theatres. I have realised how much I’ve loved the physical and personal caring involved in being a part of patients journey to recovery, and feel I am ready to progress in my career to become a registered nurse, increasing my knowledge and value to patients whilst continuing to work within the close teams that nurses do. I’ve been inspired by my mentor and a number of senior nurses. My apprenticeship has led me to pursue my dream!”
Jenna joined the team at age 17 and has been working at Nuffield Health, gaining an indepth insight into various departments for over six years. Her mum is her ultimate role model in nursing and she says, “Seeing her pursue her career to such a high level has definitely inspired me to complete my degree as she is someone I look up to on a day to day basis especially whilst I have been completing my training. My colleagues at Nuffield also feel like extended family and it is somewhere I’ll always feel welcome “
Abbey has been with Nuffield Health for two years working in medical records and now wants to train as a children’s nurse. She has been offered a place at the University of Bangor and she says everyone supports each other “I was inspired by just observing the team work at Nuffield Health and the high standard of care they deliver. The children’s nursing team at Nuffield treat each child like they were their own, and the parents are very well supported. Hopefully I will be able to aspire to be like them.”
Hannah is currently working as a housekeeper at the Nuffield Health hospital in Cardiff Bay, where she has been for the last two years. Like Rebecca, Jenna and Cara, Hannah has a conditional offer to study mental health nursing at the University South Wales. Hannah says, “The best thing about Nuffield Health is the supportive staff. Reading articles and following parliament campaigns and debates about the increase of mental health issues has pushed me to pursue nursing, because mental health is just as important as physical health. It’s rewarding knowing you’re having an impact on someone’s life. I want to help tackle the stigma towards mental health problems. “
Rebecca adds, “From day 1, I have loved working here, not only because of the friendly staff and environment at the hospital I work in, but with Nuffield Health as a whole; from the journeys up to the head office in Epsom on my apprenticeship, visiting other Nuffield Health Hospitals and Wellbeing Centres, speaking to fellow clinical and non clinical staff and getting a huge amount of knowledge and experience behind me from all walks of life!”