10 ‘home grown’ student nurses have completed their degrees, having trained on-Island through the Department of Health’s Learning Team in partnership with the University of Chester. The group of 10, who commenced their three year pre-registration Nursing Studies B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in 2010, have all secured staff nurse jobs on the Island, or are currently in the recruitment process.
The 10 nurses, who recently celebrated receiving their results, are: Janet Taisia, Niall Quayle, Lauren Wilkinson, Nikkita Grove, Kelly Uren, Siobhan Kinrade, Gemma Williams, Jeanette Hogg, Nicola Cain and Roseanna Dale.
One of the 10, Jeanette Hogg, who is the Royal College of Nursing’s Student Representative for the Isle of Man Branch, said:
'The programme has been wonderful and our learning experience second to none. We get great support on the clinical placements and from the Learning Team and tutors. This will stand us in good stead as nurses I’m sure.'
Bev Critchlow, the Isle of Man’s Chief Nurse, said:
'This is another group of our home grown staff nurses trained and ready to commit to providing wonderful care to our patients. They have been an extremely studious group and have all completed their courses in three years, which is quite admirable as they not only have to complete their degree programme but also have to work shifts on clinical wards and departments, caring for patients and attaining that all important and valuable practical experience.'
Dr Jacqueline Yates, Head of Learning for the Department of Health, said:
'It’s wonderful to see yet another group of students complete their programme and we look forward to their formal graduation ceremony in November.'
Bernadette Devlin, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of the Nursing Studies degree, said:
'I’d like to congratulate all 10 of our newly qualified nurses. As you’d expect, Nursing Studies is a very hands-on degree to ensure that our students have a wide range of experience ‘in the day job’ as it were – so tackling the academic and practical side makes it a real challenge – especially when balancing family life as well. We’re all extremely proud of the cohort, and this is of course fantastic news for the Island, seeing our educational resources ploughed straight back into frontline care delivery.'