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Work Based Learning degree students first to become registered nurses

03 August 2017

Health Care

Three healthcare assistants (HCAs) are the first at Southend University Hospital to achieve their NMC registration by completing the Work Based Learning (WBL) Degree supported by the hospital.

Karen Gill from Day Surgery Ward, Clare Kortland from Hockley Ward and Michaela  Freeman from Accident Centre juggled being University of Essex students whilst working as HCAs.

Clare said: "The amount of support from our tutor, Iain Keenan, was amazing. He was always available to give support and advice when needed.I remember emailing him as late as 9pm and he would reply. You just cannot beat that kind of support."

Karen said: "I've gained valuable experience through the WBL programme, which gave me additional knowledge, having worked within the Trust for the past 11 years. I also had a fabulously helpful mentor and support from my ward management throughout."

To be considered for the WBL degree, participants need to have completed the Associate Practitioner Foundation Degree. Once passed, students are eligible for the 20-month WBL programme to become a Registered Nurse.

Michaela said: "I found this degree filled in the gaps in my learning and obviously I then had a better understanding for my future career.

"Don't let going back to university stop you. I am a mature student and if I can do it so can you; this is your chance to become to Registered Nurse."

Over twenty others have started on the same journey as Clare, Karen and Michaela. Laura Gibbons, Practice Development Nurse, said: "These nurses worked extremely hard throughout the course and showed dedication and commitment to achieve their nursing registration.

"We have additional cohorts undertaking this course and believe this will give them the incentive and encouragement to consider this route into nursing. It benefits the individuals, the teams they work for and the patients they care for."


Image l-r:Denise Townsend - Director of Nursing, Karen Gill, Cheryl Schwarz - Deputy Director of Nursing, Clare Kortland and Laura Gibbons - Practice Development Nurse