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STUDENT BLOG

'The NHS is a "sinking ship" I keep being told. Don't let this deter you'

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I am starting a degree in children’s nursing next month and aspire to work in the NHS

Whilst I am delighted and cannot wait to start this new and exciting chapter in my life when I tell people I am embarking on a career in nursing there are often gasps of surprise. Many worry that my future employer is a “sinking ship”. The NHS is going under, people tell me, so why would I work for them? With all of the recent negative press about the NHS, I have found myself pondering on my decision too.

“I see her dedication and diligence everyday in and out of the workplace, to be the best she can be, yet still there are many who are ready to diminish her efforts and those of countless others”

Although the NHS is not the sole employer for nurses, it is the largest. Whilst the NHS faces financial and practical pressures, I think those of us starting our careers with a view to working for the NHS should not be deterred by the media. My mother is a primary school teacher - an profession which, just like nursing and the NHS, receives its unfair share of bad press. I see her dedication and diligence everyday in and out of the workplace, to be the best she can be, yet still there are many who are ready to diminish her efforts and those of countless others.

Education and the health service are two pillars of our society we all rely on. We must never give up on either. The NHS makes mistakes but none of us should focus on the negatives. Instead, we should praise the staff and the institution which is still envied throughout the world.

”I want to be a nurse and work in the NHS because I want to help people - it’s as simple as that”

I am not going into a career in the NHS for the money, hours or benefits. I want to be a nurse and work in the NHS because I want to help people - it’s as simple as that. With mental health affecting many people in the workplace, I want a career and workplace that I find exciting and rewarding, but challenging too.

I had not previously thought of nursing but I had aspired to work for an employer such as the NHS. I want to work for an organisation that shares my values, such as honesty, teamwork and respect. Having travelled around the world I realise how fortunate we are as a country to have free access to such reliable and high-quality care from cradle to grave delivered by hardworking and caring professionals. Perhaps we are all guilty of taking this for granted.

”I realise how fortunate we are as a country to have free access to such reliable and high-quality care from cradle to grave delivered by hardworking and caring professionals”

I do not know what the future holds but I know as a nurse I will have to adapt, change and expect the unexpected. At such a time of uncertainty I aspire to be one of those professionals who, despite the challenges facing them, will carry our healthcare system through these changing times with compassion and confidence.

Whilst I am yet to see how the problems look on-the-ground I am proud to be entering a caring profession and when qualified, I will be proud to work for an organisation which puts its patients first.

Louisa Davies is a current student nurse.

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