Apprentice who completed internship at Royal Preston Hospital becomes Registered Nurse
A former student nurse at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has defied odds by becoming a registered nurse after an 18-month apprenticeship.
As far back as she can remember, Felecia Benn has always hoped to become a nurse, which she credits to her two great aunts, who worked as midwives in her hometown of Guyana, South America.
Instilled with compassion and a willingness to help others, Felecia moved to England in December 2005, gaining employment as a healthcare worker in a care home where she remained for eight years, before finding inspiration for applying for a position at Lancashire University Hospitals.
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Felecia joined the Trust as a pre-nurse apprentice in 2016, initially in the urology department at the Royal Preston Hospital, where she achieved a Level 3 qualification in health and social care. Very quickly, Felecia rose through the ranks, moving into more advanced roles, including that of assistant practitioner, before being encouraged to apply for apprenticeship for the registered nurse degree.
The scheme, founded in June 2020, was the first scheme in the North West that would enable practitioner assistants and associate nurses, as well as health assistants and those who already had health-related qualifications to become nurses adults allowed in Lancashire and South Cumbria. Integrated care. System in just 18 months.
Felecia said: “Although I was quite happy in my job, my career became quite stagnant. Being a mother of three children and having a house and a family to manage, it was difficult to think about starting a new career. , but my husband Marlon told me to go for it, and I did.
“My progression from health care worker to registered nurse has certainly been a whirlwind, but a dream come true. Before moving to England, I had started a nursing program in Guyana, but unfortunately I was unable to complete it.
“Thanks to the encouragement and support of my NHS colleagues, I was able to complete my Level 3 and 5 qualifications to progress to my nursing qualification.”
Despite her successes, Felecia admits that not everything went as well as hoped, having been diagnosed with dyslexia while studying for her apprenticeship degree.
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She said: “It was very difficult. I wanted to quit but I had a lot of support and encouragement from my colleagues and program managers to continue and just recently I was told that I achieved a first in my thesis.
The teaching arm of Lancashire University Hospitals, The Health Academy, runs the program in conjunction with Northumbria University and is validated by the Nursing Midwifery Council.
Apprentices receive a wide range of student support from both educators, with small cohorts following a work-based study model split between placement, theory sessions and self-directed study.
Since its launch almost two years ago, the first cohort of seven students have recently qualified as registered nurses and will graduate this summer, with 48 others currently on the program at hospitals in Lancashire and the UK. South Cumbria.
Joanne Scarborough, program manager for nursing at Lancashire University Hospitals, said: ‘Felecia is a wonderful example of how programs like the Registered Nursing Apprenticeship can accelerate and develop the careers of people who are not went to university.
“Nursing shortages are well known and this innovative pathway enables us to equip those aspiring to a long-term career with the clinical skills and knowledge needed to become a registered nurse in the NHS.”
Applications for the final Registered Nursing apprenticeship program, due to begin in September 2022, are now open and applicants interested in the program are encouraged to attend an information session, which will be held virtually over the next few months. weeks on the following dates:
March 23, 2022 – 5:30-6:30 p.m.
March 29, 2022 – 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
April 20, 2022 – 5:30-6:30 p.m.
To book a session, potential applicants should email [email protected]
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