18 March 2021
Lauren Davies from Peterborough City Hospital was one of our first ARU graduates from the award-winning Nursing Apprenticeship Pathway. She was also nominated for Children’s Nurse of the Year in the Student Nursing Times Awards. Here she talks about her experience and the impact of her apprenticeship:
This apprenticeship encouraged me to find my purpose. It’s hard to sum up the skills and knowledge I gained from this apprenticeship; I truly believe the woman I started as was not the same woman who completed it.
I learnt the true meaning of holistic care and I pride myself in providing it to each and every patient. I saw what it meant to be part of a team and how they unite in times of need. I spent time with patients and their families elated with the news of recovery and comforted families who face an uncertain future. I fulfilled my fascinations learning about illnesses and diseases by grasping every opportunity given to me. I went to theatre, I went out in the community, I witnessed births, I cared for babies who should still growing inside their mothers. Nothing can prepare you for the journey of discovery, but I can promise it will be the best journey you ever embark on.
The support I received by ARU was brilliant. As a student living with chronic illnesses the student support advisor enabled me to fully immerse myself within my studies without the fear of being isolated or struggling. My tutor was inspirational, passionate and motivating. She shared her passion with us and encouraged our development in every way possible, going above and beyond to ensure we had belief in ourselves. If I had to do my degree all over again, I would choose ARU without any doubts.
If an individual said to me, I want the opportunity to develop, flourish and empower not only themselves but others then an apprenticeship is for you. All packaged perfectly with support, a salary and a foundation to making all your career dreams and goals a reality.
I sit here now and smile about my journey, one year qualified in my dream job because I had an amazing opportunity and I took it. I honestly believe doing an apprenticeship allows you to gain life skills, academic skills and understanding of the REAL world.
Find out more about nursing apprenticeships at ARU.