A passionate nurse is celebrating after becoming what is believed to be the youngest lecturer in the country – just 15 months after graduating from the university herself.
Zoe Butler left the University of Cumbria in July last year with a degree in adult nursing, and subsequently secured a job as a registered nurse in trauma at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.
“It’s my passion that got me into nursing and I want to inspire my students and instil them with the same feeling”
Ms Butler had already proved herself to be a high-flier, winning the national Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award 2017, in recognition of her work to reduce the stigma of mental health among young people.
The rising star is now set to return to the university where she studied to build upon her sterling reputation – but this time as a member of staff.
Ms Butler, from Kendal, has been appointed lecturer in “assistant practitioners in health and social care”, an apprenticeship programme aimed at support workers who want a pathway into nursing or allied health professions.
At the age of 22, Ms Butler is thought to be the youngest person in England to gain such a position.
Ms Butler, who will continue to work at the hospital while teaching, said she was not expecting to be chosen for the role.
“I couldn’t quite believe I got the job, but I am over the moon that I have,” she said. “It’s my passion that got me into nursing and I want to inspire my students and instil them with the same feeling.”
She added: “I am so proud to be a part of the university. I aim to be innovative, excite my students and provide them with the skills to become lifelong learners and leaders in the workplace.”
Michelle Garner, principal lecturer at the Department of Nursing, Health and Professional Practice at the University of Cumbria, said she was pleased to have Ms Butler on board.
“Zoe was an outstanding student and I’m sure she will make a marvellous member of staff,” said Ms Garner.
“Her dedication to the profession, her passion for promoting the job to others and her supportive nature means she is the perfect candidate for the job and I look forward to having her on my team,” she added.
In the future, Ms Butler plans to complete a master’s degree in clinical education at the University of Cumbria.