Nine Level 3 Health & Social Care students from Warrington campus have secured esteemed work placements at Warrington Hospital. For two days per week, the students are required to undertake typical nursing assistant activities including bed-making, chatting to patients, helping with menus, attending team meetings and observing staff handovers. With a patient’s consent, the students can also observe dressings being changed and a patient being discharged.
Previous Beamont Collegiate Academy student and aspiring adult nurse, Leah-Jade O’Shaughnessy, said: “I’m really enjoying the placement. Not only has it given me an in-depth idea of what to expect from a career in nursing, but it has also boosted my confidence.”
After completing her Level 3 Health & Social Care course, Leah and her classmate Layla Jones hope to progress on to the college’s HNC in Healthcare Practice. Layla, who aspires to become a Palliative Care Nurse, added: “The placement is fantastic; I’m developing skills that will definitely give me a head start when applying for university and a job.”
Student Jessica Gilmore, who is also on work placement at Warrington Hospital, hopes to become a Medical Assistant in the Royal Navy after a member of their youth engagement team attended a college careers event. Speaking on her work placement, Jessica said: “It is really good as you are treated like a member of staff and feel like part of the team.”
Curriculum Manager for Health & Social Care, Amanda MacKinnon, said: “I’m extremely proud of our students. The feedback we’ve received from the hospital has been brilliant. Many NHS trusts and universities want to be certain that students really understand what an NHS career involves before offering them a job or a place on a course. A work placement is a great way of seeing what it’s like working in the health service and shows commitment to a future NHS career.”
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