Student nurse bags dream job after successful hospital placements

Emily Morgan

Adult Nursing student Emily Morgan has already secured a job at the Royal Gwent Hospital, months before she finishes her studies at the University of South Wales.

The 23-year-old from Pontnewydd, Cwmbran, is set to graduate from the Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) (Adult) degree USW in December, and has impressed hospital staff during her many placements as part of the course.

Emily will work with patients on the Respiratory unit at the hospital, treating those with pneumothorax (a collapsed lung), as well as long-term conditions such as emphysema and lung cancer.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my course,” said Emily. “We split our learning time between theory and clinical skills, where we have the opportunity to put that theory into practice with simulated scenarios.”

As a required element of her degree, Emily has undertaken a variety of work placements, including a spell at Capel Grange nursing home in Newport, Chepstow Community Hospital and different departments of the Royal Gwent.

She said: “Being able to experience nursing at a care home and a specialist rehabilitation environment has been invaluable, alongside the very acute healthcare that’s required at a hospital.

“I’ve covered care of the elderly, urology theatres, respiratory care and surgical care, thanks to the range of placements offered to me.

“It’s vital that I’m able to use all the skills I’ve learnt during the course. For example, when we’ve been through the theory behind why patients may need a chest drain, I’ve then applied my knowledge of how to empty and change the drain, and how best to care for the person while they are in hospital.”

Before deciding to study Nursing, Emily went to Coleg Gwent in Ebbw Vale to study a Foundation Degree in Community Health and Well Being, where she studied anatomy and physiology, as well as a volunteering module spent in the community.

“I volunteered with the Alzheimer’s Society at a local day centre, and did lots of activities with the service users there,” she said.

“Although it was a very rewarding experience, I found it quite sad because some of the people had late stage dementia and didn’t really understand their surroundings.

“In the future I’d love to become a district nurse, and have the opportunity to get to know my patients and build a rapport with them. In the fast-paced environment of a hospital ward I don’t always get the chance to give them that one-to-one care that I’d like to provide.”

Dr Lyn Middleton, Associate Director of Nursing at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, added: “We’re delighted to hear that Emily’s experience on placement with us led to her successfully being appointed to start her career as a registered nurse here in Gwent.

“This is a very exciting time to work for our Health Board as, through our Clinical Futures programme, we are leading the way in developing a new model of healthcare that is fit for the 21st Century and we have many opportunities for new and innovative roles across our full range of services in hospital and community settings.”

Dr Lyn Middleton, Associate Director of Nursing at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, said: “We’re delighted to hear that Emily’s experience on placement with us led to her successfully being appointed to start her career as a registered nurse here in Gwent.

“This is a very exciting time to work for our Health Board as, through our Clinical Futures programme, we are leading the way in developing a new model of healthcare that is fit for the 21st Century and we have many opportunities for new and innovative roles across our full range of services in hospital and community settings.”

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