Excellent support at Oldham for newly qualified Nurse
Newly qualified Nurse, Olivia Walton, took a change in direction following the completion of her Degree in Human Physiology. She explains, “I enjoyed it a lot but didn’t want to work in a lab. My Dad spent a lot of time in Intensive Care and I saw the care that was given and wanted to follow that path. There’s lots of science in Intensive Care so that interested me too.”
As Olivia already had a Degree, her route to qualification was through the completion of a Masters in Nursing. Olivia said, “It was similar to completing the Nursing Degree but with assignments at a higher level. I completed all my placements with Pennine at the Royal Oldham. I really enjoyed the placement in Intensive Care which strengthened my desire to work in that area.”
Olivia now works on T1 Intensive Care Unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital, along with another two newly qualified Nurses who started at the same time.
On her time with the unit so far Olivia said, “It’s a nice, friendly hospital and I’ve had a very good experience. I received excellent support throughout my two week preceptorship, supported by the Charge Nurse who has time each week to teach us. The supernumery period is eight weeks, twice the normal length of time as the care is very complicated in Intensive Care and there are lots of machines to learn how to use. We need a wide knowledge base as the conditions of our patients can be very different - I really like that it’s such a varied environment to work in.”
Keen on progression, Olivia feels fully supported in her development, “I will have the opportunity to undertake a Critical Care course after 12 months. This is fully funded by the Trust and we are also supported with day release.”