We have a number of newly qualified nurses in our team of STaR consultants. Our STaR Ambassadors are working with the research team and wider advisory group, they joined us as student nurses in their final year and they include:
Hello, My name is Kayleigh and I am a third year adult nursing student. I aspire to become a nurse to make a difference, however big or small, and in doing so to care for people at their most vulnerable times. I feel that the experiences I have had personally in my life to date make me most suited to the adult field of nursing. The STaR project is important to me because of the strain that the NHS and nurses are under. I believe that together we can contribute to making a difference to the future experience of newly qualified nurses. As I approach the end of my degree, I feel that my experiences may be valuable in achieving this.
I’m Sharon, a soon to be 47 year old newly qualified nurse. I have a job lined up in the community and I am both terrified and excited in equal measure. I retrained as a nurse as the consequence of a mid life career crisis. My old job in finance was stable but offered little by way of fulfillment. I was drawn to nursing as I knew that it was a chance to make a difference and give me the fulfillment I crave. I wasn’t entirely sure that i’d be able to do nursing and someday’s I have a ‘wobble’ but overall I think I’ll be okay. I still have bouts of imposter syndrome but usually manage to offset it with effort, enthusiasm and a peppering of self belief. University has been fab. I still feel like i’m winging it but have developed a passion for learning. Academia doesn’t come easy to me, however i am ridiculously well organised and really hard working so have managed to scrape through. My favourite things are fixing people and making folk smile. I’m mum to a 15 year old which is occasionally challenging and I have been known to be a tad shoutie, however i’m confident anyone with a teen will understand why i shout so much.
My name is Roseanna and I am a final year student mental health nurse. I chose to become a nurse as I have always thought it is a rewarding career and I enjoy spending time with people and getting to know them. I chose mental health nursing as it is always something that has interested me from a young age as most of my family are mental health nurses. I have grown up listening to stories about what it is like to be a mental health nurse. I wanted to be involved in the STaR Project because a large number of newly qualified nurses leave the profession within the first year and if this can be minimised it would have positive effects on care within the NHS. I am also interested in research, as I worked in this area prior to commencing my nursing course.
Hi, I’m Kathryn a third year student nurse in the adult field, currently writing my dissertation and feeling as though the end is in sight! I chose to study nursing as I wanted to do something in my career that is challenging, interesting and makes a difference in people’s lives. I have always had a desire to care for acute and critically ill patients, therefore I am starting my nursing career within critical care and I am looking forward to joining the Intensive Care team in September. I have a particular interest in trauma management and plan to specialise within this field at a later date. I wanted to join the STaR research project team as I find the topic very interesting, possibly because I will soon be faced with being a newly qualified nurse and this prospect is very daunting. I am interested in sharing my thoughts and feelings about this process and hopefully my experience and views will be of value to the project.