Next week will see the start of an eight-part document series following the lives of a group of student nurses in Nottingham and Manchester.
The series, called Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages, will be screened on ITV from 14 February.
ITV said the series would offer an “insight into what it takes to become a nurse in the 21st century”, featuring all the “pressures, emotions and challenges” they faced.
It would uncover their motivations and the challenges they faced on a daily basis, while “juggling academic study with home life and work on the wards”, the TV company said.
Episode one will follow three trainee nurses, including 24-year-old first-year student Alistair, who previously worked as a carpet fitter.
It sees a nervous Alistair set foot on the ward for the very first time, after two months in the classroom. He said: “You won’t save lives fitting carpets. But if I can save one life being a nurse, then what an achievement that is in life.”
He added: “I’m worried most about how I’ll react to people in such poor condition or people who seriously need help. I’ve never seen it before, so I think it’ll be quite a shock to the system.”
The programme also follows mature student Dany, 50, who is picking up a career she began training for 30 years ago, but had to give up due to illness, and Helen, 21, who is nearing the end of a degree in children’s nursing.
Helen said: “When I started, maybe I was a little bit naïve to how much work there was. But now I definitely know. The work-life balance has kind of gone out the window and I am doing a lot more work than life, if you know what I mean. But, I know at the end it’s for a good cause.”
She added: “What people don’t understand is, it’s not just a degree – I’m still doing a degree now, plus full-time hours every single week.”
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