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Local hospitals celebrates twenty newly registered nurses

20 nursing assistants from University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) are celebrating after qualifying as registered nurses. 

The nurses have completed their Registered Nursing Degree Apprenticeship (RDNA) and are now working across a wide range of wards and departments across Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital in Stafford.

Studying and working full-time the cohort has been supported by the UHNM care coach team with some members starting their journey by achieving a Level 2 qualification in English and Maths and for some, a Level 3 NVQ, whilst others achieved these qualifications at the same time as completing their Higher Apprenticeship Foundation Degree in Acute Care.

A celebration event was held by the Care Coach Team to mark the achievements of this dedicated group.

Carol McCormick, Lead Care Coach for Nursing and Midwifery Healthcare Assistants Retention and Recruitment said: “We are really proud of our nurses and they are an inspiration to others who are thinking of following in their steps. We wanted to celebrate their achievements and their professionalism whilst at University representing the Trust. Congratulations to them and we can’t wait to see where their nursing journey takes them.”

Ann Marie Riley, UHNM Chief Nurse, said: “It was lovely to attend the event to celebrate with our first cohort of RNDA who are now registered nurses. The passion and commitment they have all show while still working full time and doing this programme is incredible. Congratulations to an amazing group of dedicated and compassionate staff, they should all be proud of themselves.”