Celebrating Nurses - #WhyINurse
Earlier on this year the whole world celebrated nurses and their contribution to society on International Nurses Day. This was held on the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale who is widely considered as the greatest pioneer of modern nursing. It is Florence Nightingale that recognised and initiated evidence based healthcare, infection control and better conditions for nursing. Throughout the journey of the healthcare system, nurses have worked hard to develop a better care system like:
Clara Barton who started her nursing career at the age of 11 and was also the founder of the Red Cross.
Dorothea Dix who created the first mental health system in the United States
Mary Seacole who used her own resources to run her own hotel for the sick during the Crimean war
Linda Richards who developed a tracking system for patients that was adopted in both the US and the UK
Today there are many different types of nurses who provide care to individuals in different stages in life. At Dynamic Training UK we celebrate having nurses within the team to share their experiences with our Health and Health and Social Care learners. They share below why they went into nursing.
Mandy Dunford – Learning Disability Nursing
“I came into learning disability nursing in 1980 as I worked in a school for children with learning disabilities while I was attending college completing a Health and Social Care course.
I could not see myself as a nurse but my passion for working with and for people with learning disabilities was my ultimate goal!
As luck had it I did not have to wear a uniform. The rest is history, and I spent over 25 years working with the most amazing group of people.
I am so glad I chose the right career path”.
Claire Gardner – Health Visitor
“When I was doing my GCSE’s I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I chatted to my grandmother who was a nurse at Harefield Hospital, she advised me to become a nurse. I spoke to my career adviser who told me my grades weren’t good enough (it was a different time back then). This made me more determined to get the grades. I did A levels which allowed me to apply for nursing.
I was accepted into a few universities, I chose Reading University. I specialised in Learning Disabilities nursing and then I got a job as a team leader in a respite care service for children with learning disabilities and health needs. I was then seconded to do Paediatric and then a few years down the line I was seconded to be a health visitor, my primary care degree. I was offered an opportunity to work at Thames Valley University, I worked there for 4 years and then I accepted voluntary redundancy to set Dynamic Training UK”.
Ray Overton – General Nursing and Mental Health Nursing
"I had collapsed lungs as a teenager. My experience of being cared for in hospital made me think I would enjoy working in that environment. I started as an enrolled nurse then I became a registered nurse. During my registered training I went into a Mental Health placement which led to me doing my Mental Health training. Mental Health nursing was a bit more mentally challenging than physically as there is a lot more that you have to be aware of when working like the interaction and needs of patients.
Overall I have found nursing very rewarding".
Caron Keys – General Nurse
"I can remember always knowing I wanted to do something different. I lived a lot with grandparents as I grew up and one of my grandmothers was one of the first mental health nurses. She worked at Holloway Sanatorium which isn’t there anymore and she always used to tell me stories as we walked past in Virginia Water. Her daughter, my aunt also wanted to enter nursing and my grandparents forbid it as my grandmother had such a traumatic time in practice. It was as I started expressing an interest that the family became fully cognisant of what I was actually saying and I wasn’t going to be told ‘no’. We are going back to 1973 remember so things were very different. I started nursing in August 1973 again that soon changed to 18! I was still only 17!
I learnt more than at any other time in my nursing career undertaking an orthopaedic nursing certificate and you could gain an honours then as well, which I did. This was the best two years ever. I knew I was going the right thing and I’ve never looked back. I have had a long and varied experience in practice managing to work on nights for many years whilst my son was young so still worked until I was able to return to days. I have never once regretted my decision to enter education, I have met so many amazing people over the years and have had such a great 42 years!!
I still maintain my PIN and look forward to revalidation".
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