Starting my first role as a staff nurse

Emma Wolton

Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Course: BSc (Hons) Child Nursing
Category: Nursing and midwifery

27 January 2016

Student in a skills lab

You may have followed Emma’s blogs while she was studying child nursing here. Emma graduated in September 2015 and is now working at Watford General Hospital as a band staff nurse on a paediatric rotational programme. A few months into her new role, she shares her thoughts with you.

Describe what you enjoy in your job?
I really enjoy interacting with children and their parents and helping to put them at ease in difficult and scary situations. One of my favourite things about my job is being able to explain what will be happening to patients and their parents and see how they are reassured and then just able to focus on getting better and going home.

Another of the favourite parts of my job is when a patient has been on the ward for several days and they are finally better and able to get home. It is always nice to see that a child has recovered well and you have been a part of that journey.

Describe challenges you have been confronted with and how you coped with them?
Time management is constantly a challenge, even in a 12.5 hour day there is rarely enough time to do everything that you want for your patients. But I have been told that this comes with experience and is something that I am very, very slowly getting better at.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would like to be working towards a Masters. Or possibly be in a Sister’s post either working in the community or in a clinic/elective care role. However there are so many opportunities to go forward with a nursing degree, who knows!

How did studying the course at Anglia Ruskin University prepare you for your job?
Without my degree at Anglia Ruskin I wouldn’t be able to do the job that I am doing. It has allowed me to discover the areas that I find interesting and most rewarding in nursing and given me the knowledge that I needed. My course has also allowed me to gain a rounded picture of nursing with its rewards and challenges.

Describe your experience at ARU in 3 words?
  • Rewarding (you get out of the degree what you put in)
  • Revealing (about all the things you can do with nursing)
  • Fascinating (I really enjoyed learning the theory and being able to see it in action, especially in the 2nd and 3rd years).


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