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Former students reveal their day in the life of a trainee nurse

Two former Havering Sixth Form students who are both training to be nurses, returned to College this week to talk about their careers.

Natasha Mizen, 22, left, and Louise Galley, 19, right, answered questions and gave an honest account of what studying to be a nurse is really like to students on the Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma.

Former Frances Bardsley School pupil Louise left College in 2016 after studying A Levels in Sociology, Psychology and Health & Social Care. She went on to study Adult Nursing at Kingston University in South West London where she is in her second year.

Louise said: “I absolutely love it. I’m really enjoying it and so pleased I decided to go into nursing. My practical training takes place at St George’s Hospital in Tooting and I have been on various wards, from rehabilitation to general medical care, but my favourite was Intensive Care. When I was working there I just thought – yes, this is definitely for me.”

Natasha transferred to Havering Sixth Form College from Campion Sixth Form in 2013. After studying A Levels in Biology, Heath & Social Care and Psychology she went on to Anglia Ruskin University where she is studying Children’s Nursing.

She will complete her degree in August this year and has been working at Basildon Hospital as part of her practical training.

Natasha said: “Sometimes it’s hard, especially being in the children’s ward. You see and have to deal with some very upsetting things and sometimes I do go home and cry. But you get lots of support and counselling, they really look after you.”

Both girls pointed out to the current students that it was a great profession to get into because the agencies and hospitals are crying out for nurses and there were always jobs available.

Tutor Cherie Schrod said: “It was great to have Louise and Natasha in to speak about nursing so our students could hear about the job from young people like themselves rather than from careers advisors. They both gave some really good advice and the students got a true insight into all aspects of their roles.”


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