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Case study: New nursing associate praises nurse support

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A newly-qualified nursing associate has commended the support she received from registered nurses during her training.

Emily Burton worked as a healthcare assistant at the Amber Care nursing home in Louth, Lincolnshire, for eight years before joining the nursing associate training scheme.

“They answered all my questions and were very supportive”

Emily Burton

While “intrigued” by the opportunity, Ms Burton said she was apprehensive when she started the course in January 2017, particularly about the academic aspect.

“When I was given essays to write I thought, ‘oh my goodness’, but it was very exciting too – especially thinking that I was one of the first people to do it,” she said.

“I also enjoyed getting to know other people with the same motivation as me,” Ms Burton added.

When Ms Burton first returned to Amber Care as a trainee nursing associate, she would frequently turn to the nurses on the team for help. “They answered all my questions and were very supportive,” she said.

As her skills developed, she said she felt increasingly valued by her nursing colleagues. “I think they felt better supported and it was great for me to provide hands-on care at a higher level than before,” she said, adding. “I very much felt part of the team.”

Ms Burton said she found the range of different placements she undertook during her training rewarding, particularly on a mental health ward.

She is one of just two trainees to qualify as a nursing associate in the field of social care from the pilot programme.

When asked if she was going to continue training to become a registered nurse in the future, Ms Burton said she had an “open mind”. “I’d like to see how this role goes now,” she said. “At the moment I just want to learn as much as I can.”

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