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'We all qualify and take what we learned as a student into our profession'

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We talk to Hannah Robinson, who is a second year student of children’s nursing at the University of Hertfordshire.


Why did you decide to become a nurse?

It might sound like a cliché, but it’s the one job I have always wanted to do. My mum and dad are both in the healthcare industry - it’s probably in my blood.

What was your first job relevant to nursing?

In the past I worked in a residential home and then in a nursing home as a care assistant. I now work as a healthcare assistant in a hospital - but with adults, as opposed to children.

What is the trait you least like in yourself and why?

I’m a perfectionist and if I don’t manage to finish something within my own timeframe it will frustrate me.

From whom have you learnt the most about nursing?

It would have to be my mentor from my neonatal placement. She was absolutely amazing and taught me more than I thought possible.

What advice would you give someone starting out?

Time management is key. Also, emotions will be high but you need to make sure you look after yourself.

It’s lovely knowing I have been part of helping a family through the emotional obstacles as well as the physical problems

What keeps you awake at night?

Waiting for results from work I’ve recently done.

What’s the most satisfying part of your job?

Watching a family go from panic to relief. It’s lovely knowing I have been a part of helping them through not only the physical problems, but also the emotional obstacles.

What’s your proudest achievement?

I got a personalised thank you card from a family on the neonatal unit. That’s definitely my proudest achievement because I clearly had a positive impact on them. It’s nice to know that I made their nine weeks on the unit that little bit easier.

What is likely to change nursing in the next decade?

The future student nurses. We all qualify and take what we learned as a student into our profession. It’s also important that qualified, registered nurses pass on the correct skills to us, as that is also an integral part of how we learn.

What would you have done if you hadn’t become a nurse?

I’d have been a secondary school teacher of biology or health and social care.

What job would you like to be doing in five years?

I’d like to be a neonatal sister or perhaps specialising in oncology. There are so many options, but those are my main interests within nursing.

What do you think makes a good nurse?

Empathy, competence and compassion are crucial, as is being accepting, a good teacher and a good friend.

If you could change one thing in healthcare, what would it be?

I’d make sure there is more individualised care. I also learned about the positive effects of skin-to-skin care so would raise awareness of those.

What would your ideal weekend involve?

Going to the zoo - I love lions! Also, Chinese food, my best friend and lots of sleep.

If you could spend an hour with someone, who would it be?

Taylor Swift. I am a little bit obsessed with her. I met her a few years ago and she was so happy and positive. We all need that.

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