Nursing is the UK’s most employable degree type, with 94% of students getting a job within six months of finishing their course. (NHS Health Careers)
With it offering such a rewarding career, it is no wonder that it is a popular choice for caring individuals. To qualify as a nurse, you must complete a degree in one of the four fields of nursing:
- adult nursing
- children’s nursing
- learning disability nursing
- mental health nursing
All of the above fields will give you the chance to make a difference in the lives of your patients and their families on a daily basis however each one has its own trials and triumphs.
With the roles in each area involving different skillsets and personalities we have decided to introduce you to one of our fantastic paediatric bank nurses to give you an insight into children’s nursing for a staff bank.
The below nurse works at our Great Ormond Street Hospital Staff Bank as an ITU Nurse.
What made you decide to become a paediatric nurse?
As a child I always wanted to help others. If my friends fell, I was the one who looked after them until they felt better. I also loved spending time with children and still do.
What is the best part of your job?
When I have a child that I have been caring for over a period of time and I can see they are getting better for example, coming off vents and coming around to the world. Seeing them smile and knowing that they are going to be okay, it’s just wonderful and when they give you a big hug it is indescribable.
Why do you choose to work through the bank?
I enjoy working for the Bank – the staff are helpful, and I know that they will go out of their way to support me. The team always take the time to listen and understand which is not like any agency. The team are personable, take their time to explain things and make me feel welcome. Nothing is too much! They are always there to help, come what may.
What do you love about working for a staff bank?
I like the flexibility of choosing when and where I want to work. The weekly pay is always nice and if I have any problems I know they will be resolved swiftly and efficiently.
What do you love about working at GOSH?
Despite being a nurse for several years, I can still learn something new each shift. The children here can be very complex, and I get to use a variety of skills, working across the range of different wards. I also get to communicate with families from all over the world.
What would you say to someone considering becoming a nurse?
It is not an easy job. You must study hard and you must believe in yourself! You don’t become a nurse for money, you become a nurse because you want to help people from all backgrounds. Yes, it is hard work, but it is very rewarding. Wanting to be a nurse is something that has to be within you.
What would you say to someone considering bank work?
If you would like to see more nursing roles we have available across all our Trusts, click here.
If you are interested in finding out more about working for Great Ormond Street Hospital Staff Bank you can find out more about them here.