TNA Edition: Rachel’s Story

How I became a Trainee Nursing Associate?

I never thought I would have had an opportunity to do my nurse training and be able to attend university, due to the struggles I encountered throughout school and college. I am dyslexic and I also have a degenerative eye condition that can affect how I can focus.

After 13 years of working in care roles, I have developed a vast amount of knowledge and skills in residential, home care, independent living, enabling people with learning disabilities and also working in a rehabilitation unit giving care to patients with tracheotomy’s, ventilation interventions. Most recently I have been employed in the Hull and East Riding Teaching Hospital on a surgical urology ward.

In previous roles I have had limited opportunities to develop. This all changed when I came to the Hull and East Riding Teaching Hospital. Resigning to the fact that I couldn’t go any further, I plodded on, learning where I could. Then what seemed like a light at the end of the tunnel. My very good friends and work colleagues mentioned the Trainee Nursing Associate course advertised. I was aware of another student on the programme and knew she was doing training but didn’t really understand the role and found myself enquiring to what it entails. After doing my research. It then became apparent that this was the perfect course for me. I was able to work full time bringing in a full time wage and most importantly study at the same time in the field of work I am most passionate about. So that night I sat and applied.

I am now successfully completing the Trainee Nursing Associate programme and I am passionate about getting the word out about what my role is. I want to provide people with an understanding of what to expect from my role when I have qualified and how my underpinning work based knowledge will make me an integral part of the team. I am grateful to my manager for taking a chance on me and to all my team on the ward for giving me support and guidance.

How I see the difference between a Registered Nursing Associate and a Registered Nurse?

Registered nursing associates have similar standards to registered nurses, in that we are all accountable professionals, we need to promote health but also prevent ill health and provide care and work in teams, to improve safety and quality of care. What separates us and gives the registered nursing associate value is that we are able to monitor and deliver a greater range of care procedures and interventions, allowing the registered nurse to manage and lead care and evaluate care interventions. Registered nurse associates do not just ‘’bridge the gap’’, but work together as part of the team to optimise effective and consistent holistic care for patients.

I am proud to stand up and say, I am a trainee nurse associate. The journey to success will take hard work and commitment but I know that success will be incredible both for me, my team and the people I care for.

Rachel Jarvis
Trainee Nursing Associate
March 2020 Intake

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