Trust encouraging would-be nurses to sign up to course

Residents with a passion for caring are being offered the chance to train to become nurses.

Saturday, 17th February 2018, 12:16 pm
Gillian Fraser is encouraging those interested in becoming a nurse to sign up for a training course.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is working with the University of Sunderland to train nurses of the future through the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice.

The next round of the three-year course begins in April, with people who complete it being guaranteed an interview for a job at the trust and eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a registered nurse.

One of those who completed the course last year was Gillian Fraser, a mum-of-three from Northumberland, who now works in the emergency department at The Northumbria hospital in Cramlington.

The 40-year-old, from Ellington, said: “I always wanted to be a nurse, however life just got in the way. It was my husband Iain who gave me the confidence to go for it and I’m so glad I did.

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“The support I received from everyone at the trust during my training was fantastic.

“Since I’ve joined Northumbria Healthcare that high level of support has continued and the trust has invested in me with lots of training, which has helped my transition from student nurse to staff nurse.

“It is a dream come true for me and it makes me so proud when I hear my children say ‘mummy’s a nurse in A&E’.

“I consider it a privilege to be a nurse.”

The course is the latest in a series of initiatives by the trust to increase the number of nurses joining it.

People are invited to find out more about the course at an open event on Wednesday, February 21, from 5.30pm to 8pm, in the conference centre at The Northumbria hospital, Cramlington.

Senior nurses and university lecturers will be on hand to answer any questions.

Staff from the university will be able to give information about the course, travel and funding options, and how to apply.

People are encouraged to register in advance for the event at and bring a copy of their personal statement on a memory stick and a list of their qualifications to enable them to apply on the evening.

For more information contact 0191 293 4257.