Valedictorian Georgina takes her 'nursing stabilisers off'

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Date: 7th Sep 2018

Shadowing doctors made Georgina Ledwith want to be a nurse - and now she ‘can’t imagine doing anything else’.Georgina Ledwith

The 22-year-old, who graduated yesterday from Bucks New University's BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult), always dreamt of being a doctor as a child, but changed her career path when she saw the hard work and dedication of nurses.

She said: “I was drawn to the role of the nurse as I saw how they were able to spend more time with the patients and had a unique relationship with them. Once I better understood the role, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

Georgina, who was chosen as Valedictorian for her ceremony, has been a staff nurse on cardiorespiratory rotation at Royal Brompton Hospital in London since April and credits Bucks New University with helping her prepare for life on the wards.

“Bucks really is a special place. The university has prepared us so well for the world of work with the teaching, placements and the support of our academic team,” explained Georgina.

“Managing the demands of placements whilst attempting to have a social life was a challenge. At times when people asked when I’d be free, I was tempted to give them my graduation date, but it was worth it.

“The academic team has been excellent at explaining the theory to us, using moulage for practise, and for teaching us all the skills needed to become a nurse.”

Bucks New University degree nursing students spend 50% of the programme gaining clinical experience at one of the local NHS Trusts or independent care partners. During this experience students undertake 37.5 hours per week in practice, and are supported by a clinical staff member.

“I compare our nursing training to learning to ride a bike,” said Georgina, from London. “We start slow, steady and with stabilisers, and as we go forward we learn to find our balance.

“Sometimes we get a push, other times we push ourselves. And then we lose the “stabilisers” and start work as a qualified nurse. It’s like going from cycling in a park to riding a bike on a busy road.

“Life as a nurse is definitely life in the fast lane and it can feel relentless but my goodness it can be so rewarding.

“Nursing is a journey and I have learnt about, learnt from and worked with so many wonderful people.

“Bucks New University is a fantastic place to study nursing and I am so grateful for the opportunities it has provided.”

Graduation Week at Bucks New University, in High Wycombe, runs until today (Friday) with eight ceremonies throughout the week celebrating the successes of our students.

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