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Newly qualified nurses welcomed at Staffordshire Children’s Hospital at Royal Stoke

Staffordshire Children’s Hospital at Royal Stoke has welcomed fourteen newly qualified nurses as part of its graduate intake for 2022.

The graduates will soon be taking up their roles in areas across the Children’s Hospital including children’s intensive care, children’s A&E and surgical and medical wards.

The group, who have graduated from universities and other teaching hospitals across the country were welcomed to University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) by senior matrons and sisters from the ward areas they will be working on as part of their official induction.

Janet Hagan, Senior Matron at Staffordshire Children’s Hospital at Royal Stoke, said: “One of my favourite parts of my role is welcoming our new graduates every year in October as they’ve all worked so hard over the past three years to become a children’s nurse. We’re very privileged to become nurses, supporting our families with their children and helping them to get well again. As part of their induction, we’ve been showcasing how staff can develop their careers here at Staffordshire Children’s Hospital. This group are only at the start of their journey and we’re very fortunate that they’ve decided to choose us as their first place of work.

“A career in children’s nursing is hard work, but when you see a family going home with a child that’s been so unwell and we’ve made them better, or if you’ve supported a family in those dark times when their child hasn’t been able to recover from their illness, it is rewarding and you know you have made a difference.”

The induction covers a range of aspects ranging from how to use specialist clinical equipment to safeguarding and child protection.

Claire Boissery, Clinical Educator at Staffordshire Children’s Hospital at Royal Stoke said: “We’re thrilled to welcome our newly qualified paediatric nurses to our Children’s Hospital. Our induction is a week-long programme where we cover various elements that they will need to be aware of to go out to start their jobs including management elements but other things too that would be essential for them to know in order for them to provide the best possible care to our patients.”

Charlotte Rawl, 24, from Liverpool, has joined Staffordshire Children’s Hospital at Royal Stoke after completing her training at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

She said: “Having seen my role in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) advertised, I’m really excited to have the opportunity to get involved with a new Trust. I’m super excited to be there for the families and their new babies and help them during their tough times. Everyone here has been so supportive, it’s been great to get to know them and I can’t wait to get started in my new role.”