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Mollie fulfils dream of working for NHS

07 May 2019

Health Care

This weekend marks International Nurses' Day, we celebrate the diverse range of people who become nurses. Some are from overseas, others are newly qualified, and some opted for nursing as a total career change. They all have one thing in common - their dedication to nursing.

Mollie Boxall

Newly qualified nurse

"I went straight from studying my A-levels to the University of Essex for three years on my nursing degree, with many of my placements at the Trust. I'm now on Shopland Ward as a qualified nurse, where I've been for eight months.

"Nursing was always something I wanted to do: my brother is a doctor, and hearing his stories in healthcare made me very interested in working for the NHS from a very young age. I wanted to be a nurse as I wanted to make a difference to people's lives, improving their quality of life. I'm a caring person and I love talking to people and getting to know the patients that I look after. No two shifts are the same and I am constantly learning and developing new skills and come across different challenges every day."

Mollie also spoke about how well she has been supported, both as a student and as a nurse. She said: "What's great here is that you don't stop being supported once you qualify; throughout my first six months, I was given opportunities to go to training days to develop my skills further and these have helped me whilst working on the ward. The MSK Unit have a personal development nurse who has helped me complete my competencies such as my intravenous and oral medications. Whenever I need advice on a matter, all the staff are so helpful and I always have someone to turn to."