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Gillian encourages others to follow nursing dream with new course

Monday, 12 February, 2018
Gillian encourages others to follow nursing dream with new course

A mother-of-three from Northumberland who fulfilled her dream of becoming a nurse is encouraging others with a passion for caring to do the same.

Gillian Fraser, 40, qualified as a nurse last year and now works in the emergency department at The Northumbria hospital and loves every minute of her role.

Now Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is working in collaboration with the University of Sunderland to train nurses of the future.

Building on the trust’s strong foundations of nurse training, in partnership the two organisations are delivering a BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice, subject to approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

On successful completion of the three-year course which starts in April, people will be guaranteed an interview for a job at the trust and eligible to register with the NMC as a registered nurse (adult).

People are invited to find out more about the course at an open event on Wednesday 21 February 2018, 5.30pm-8pm at The Northumbria hospital, Cramlington, in the conference centre.

Senior nurses and university lecturers will be on hand to answer any questions people may have. Staff from the trust will be available to talk to people about our passion for nurse training, what it’s like to work at Northumbria and the opportunities available.

Staff from the university will be able to give information about the course, travel and funding options and how to apply and help people to apply at the event.

People are encouraged to register in advance for the event at and bring a copy of their personal statement on a memory stick and a list of their qualifications to enable them to apply on the evening. For more information contact 0191 293 4257.

Gillian, from Ellington, decided to pursue her life-long dream after being made redundant from her job as a senior lab analyst at Alcan in 2012.

She said: “I always wanted to be a nurse however life just got in the way and it was my husband Iain who gave me the confidence to go for it and I’m so glad I did.

“The support I received from everyone at the trust during my training was fantastic. Since I’ve joined Northumbria Healthcare that high level of support has continued and the trust has invested in me with lots of training which has helped my transition from student nurse to staff nurse.

“It is a dream come true for me and it makes me so proud when I hear my children say ‘mummy’s a nurse in A&E’. I consider it a privilege to be a nurse and I’d encourage anyone interested in doing the same to come along and find out more.”

The course is the latest in a series of initiatives by the trust to increase the number of nurses joining the organisation.

This includes holding recruitment events, running programmes to enable people who have previously worked as qualified nurses to return to the profession and developing even closer links with its student nurses.

The course will consist of a mix of theory and practice. Learning is underpinned by evidence-based practice promoting high quality, compassionate and patient-centered healthcare provision.

Entrants will be supported to relate nursing theory to clinical practice, demonstrating competence in clinical nursing.

During the course, people will experience a range of clinical placements in hospitals and the community across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Emma Dawes, chief matron for education programmes at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for the people to train as nurses with one of the country’s top-performing trusts.

“We are very pleased to be working in partnership with the University of Sunderland to help train the nurses of the future.

“We have a strong track-record for nurse training and offer our students a host of opportunities with placements in the community and in hospitals across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

“While we have had much success recruiting nurses of late, given the workforce challenges facing the NHS and a large majority of nurses approaching retirement, we must continue our efforts to secure our workforce for years to come.

“We would encourage anyone who shares our passion for caring to come along to our open day to find out more.”