STUDENTS aiming for a career in the health sector were inspired by a visit from an experienced nurse who shared 40 years’ worth of medical know how with them.
Ann Norman was a popular virtual guest at St Vincent College in Gosport where she spoke to Level 3 Health and Social Care about her career and answered questions about life in the caring profession.
She told them about her early career as a district nurse and the differences she found when she took up the challenge of providing nursing care at HM Prison in Gosport and HMP Winchester. She also spoke about her later career in the Department of Health helping to shape nursing policy and working for the Royal College of Nursing as the professional lead in learning disabilities and criminal justice.
Her role involved influencing professional practice and developing nurses to help improve better outcomes for people receiving nursing care.
Ann, who lives in Hythe, said: “As a registered nurse it has always been important to me to connect with our next generation of nurses. Talking about what nursing is really like is the best way of encouraging students and I think it was brilliant having such relevant questions from the students about my career in nursing.
“If I influence just one student into nursing I will be happy – more would be even better though.”
She told the 21 students, all aged 16 to 19, that nursing has become an inclusive profession with all kinds of opportunities and the St Vincent course is ideal preparation. “Nursing is for anyone who loves working for people and making a real difference to society,” she said.
“It has been the best career for me as someone who left school with limited qualifications. I only really started learning once I had decided this was the path I wanted to take and I’ve never looked back.”
Tutor Steve Wilson said: “It was wonderful to see our students actively engaging and listening about the breadth of experience and opportunity nursing offers as a critical role in the health sector.
“Lots of positivity and inspiration was sparked for those considering an Allied Health Professional route it the profession – including adult, paediatric, mental health and learning disability nursing. It was a brilliant motivational talk and I am sure Ann has helped to inspire the next generation to join the health sector.”
Find out more about the Health and Social Care course at stvincent.ac.uk.