Shannon’s way into nursing
Apprenticeships provide excellent opportunities to develop work experience, formal qualifications and progression in the chosen career pathway. Shannon, one of our health apprentices at a local NHS Trust, grasped this apprenticeship opportunity with both hands. She successfully completed her qualification and became one of the very few learners selected for secondment into nursing. It is a great achievement!
Shannon agreed to speak to us about her apprenticeship experience and goals for the future. Here is what she told us:
Why did you decide to do an Apprenticeship?
I decided to carry out an apprenticeship because I wanted to gain a level 2 health and social care NVQ. I also liked the idea that I would be working on a ward at the same time as studying. This is because I knew it would allow me to choose a career and help me decide if nursing was for me.
What responsibilities did you have on a daily basis?
While on working placement I had many responsibilities. These included: working alongside the healthcare assistant’s on shift to carry out patient care, clean the ward area, clean equipment used, answer the phone to patients relatives and provide information such as visiting times etc. and serve meals on mealtime to patients.
The apprenticeship programme combined with work can be quite intensive. How have you coped with the workload?
I coped with the workload by planning times to study either after work shifts or at weekends. When I was set work to complete it helped me to plan the content and then after my shifts I would set time to study and complete work.
What was the best part of your apprenticeship?
For me the best part of the apprenticeship was towards the end when I had a full folder and I could see all the work I had done throughout the course. I also really enjoyed meeting new people and making friends.
What is the worst part of your apprenticeship?
For me the worst part was the beginning as I was unsure of everything and still learning both on planning my coursework and in the ward area. I was much more comfortable once I had got into the course.
What do your friends think of your apprenticeship programme and your new career pathway?
They are very supportive and encouraging. They helped me through with support and they were excited for me to finish and further myself to get to my end goal.
How did you benefit from completing an Apprenticeship qualification?
I benefited from this course as it lead me onto an access course which got me into university to qualify as a nurse.
What is your ultimate ambition?
My ultimate ambition is to be a qualified nurse, and I am currently in the process of completing a nursing degree. I am grateful for the start I got from this apprenticeship as it lead me on to the path I am on now.
Caron Keys says: “As Shannon's assessor I have to say how proud I am of her. She has grown as a person and has developed professionally. She came in as the first cohort of health apprentices to be supported at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, knew where she wanted to go and had the drive and determination to get there. I wish her every success with her training and look forward to following her progress.”