Name: Dann Gooding (@DannGooding)
University: London South Bank University Alumni
Year: Newly Qualified Nurse
Branch: Children and Young People
Dream job: Hmmm, Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner in Accident and Emergency then possibly moving up to Nurse Consultant… The sky is the limit!
Inspiration to be a nurse: Whilst on my practice expedition for my Duke of Edinburgh award, one of my friends fell, hit her head, knocking herself unconscious and causing her head to bleed. In that moment I didn’t know what to do, and so I decided I didn’t want to have that feeling again.
Favourite quote: “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it”
Name: Lucy Mason (@MissLucyMay)
University: University of Birmingham Alumni
Year: Newly Qualified Nurse
Branch: Children and Young People
Dream job: Neonatal intensive care nurse – which is where I am working!
Inspiration to be a nurse: I wanted a job that would make a difference to other people and but also something that would challenge me. Children fill my heart with so much love and joy, caring for some them often doesn’t even feel like work.
Favourite quote: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” —Steve Jobs
Name: Claire Carmichael (@C_Carmichael83)
University: Birmingham City University
Dream job: General practice nurse / sexual health nurse / community nurse
Inspiration to be a nurse: There’s a 101 reasons I wanted to become a nurse. Starting from having terminally ill grandparents and not being able to do anything about it, so wanting the knowledge behind me to make a difference to someone else’s life in the future. To seeing the amount of bad press about our NHS and nurses and I want to make a change! A positive change to create a better future for our nurses.
Favourite quote: ‘Be someone’s rainbow in their cloud’ (Maya Angelou)
Name: Debs Cooper (@debscooper131)
University: Alumni of Birmingham City University
Year: Registered Nurse
Branch: Adult nursing – working in oncology and haematology
Dream job: Specialist or research nurse in onc/haem where I can use my previous degree in genetics as well as my nursing
Inspiration to be a nurse: I’ve always wanted to work in healthcare, I had a place at med school but just missed out and did genetics instead. Post graduation I worked as a community carer and then as an outpatient HCA to get some work experience and to sharpen my focus. The nurses I met were inspiring in the smallest but most important of ways.
Favourite quotes: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, they will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think” – A.A Milne
Name: Lily Parham (my full name is Elizabeth, but everyone calls me Lily… except for a few patients who prefer calling me the same name as the Queen! True story). (@lily_parham)
University: King’s College London Alumni
Year: NQN in haematology/oncology at King’s College Hospital
Dream Job: Either a critical care outreach nurse, as part of the iMobile team at KCH… or a Haematology ANP. I achieved one of my dreams this year by becoming a Treat Me Well champion for Mencap. This role includes advocating for patients with learning disabilities and educating my colleagues.
Inspiration to be a nurse: My sister, who has Down’s Syndrome and has received amazing care throughout her life from a variety of nursing teams.
Favourite quote: “Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.” (Edith Cavell, WW1 nurse.)
During my degree I was awarded the Cavell Student Leadership award, and subsequently raised money for the Cavell Nurses’ Trust – a fantastic charity which supports nursing and healthcare assistants going through financial and personal hardship.
Name: Jessica Sainsbury (@JessLSainsbury)
University: University of Southampton
Branch: Adult & Mental Health
Dream job: Secretary of State for Health 😉
Inspiration to be a nurse: Seeing my grandmother receive fantastic care at the end of her life made me decide to pack in my HR career, and retrain as a Nurse. Best. Decision. Ever!
Favourite quote: “We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and a source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Name: Clare Manley (@MannersofMarple)
University: Sheffield Hallam University
Year: 2 (March Intake)
Branch: Mental Health Nurse
Dream job: Working as a specialist Mental Health Health Visitor with groups of women who traditionally struggle to access services
Inspiration to be a nurse: I went to train as a nurse 20 years ago and had to leave due to health reasons and it’s an itch that I’ve always had to scratch.
Favourite quote: I love a good quote so this is tough but probably – “What if I fall? Oh, but darling, what if you fly?” – Erin Hanson
Name: Rosie Schofield (@SchofieldRosie)
University: University of Southampton
Year: Final year (PGDip)
Dream Job: ANP or Director of Nursing
Inspiration to be a Nurse: When I was 14, I spent two weeks work experience in a day care centre for adults with profound learning disabilities. There I discovered the nursing profession and my love of the role.
Favourite Quote: “After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box” – Italian proverb
Name: Rachael Palmer (@PUNCrachpalmer)
University: University of Plymouth
Year: Now ‘officially’ a second year!
Dream Job: Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Haematology/Oncology
Inspiration to be a Nurse: People! I’ve always known I’d work with people in healthcare and nurses inspired me because of the relationships and trust they build with their patients, their knowledge and kindness. I wanted to be the person that makes a difference in someone’s journey.
Favourite Quote: “Don’t be afraid to sit in the front row of your life.”
Name: Grace Paige (@MrsGPaige)
University: University of Worcester
Year: Final (eep!)
Dream Job: Not sure that my dream job currently exists but I want to work in Children and Young People’s Mental Health. Specifically working with those who are or have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences to prevent these developing into mental health crises.
Inspiration to be a Nurse: My Mum (she’s an RGN) and my Son, I want to make him proud.
Fun Fact: I once met Noel Fielding and became so star struck I could hardly speak!
Favourite Quote: I was going to come up with something deep and meaningful but the quote I come back to time and again is “Wake Up. Be Awesome. Repeat” feeling good is a state of mind and if you tell yourself you’re awesome, no matter how rubbish you actually feel, a teensy bit might seep into your day.
Name: Craig Davidson (@CraigDavidson85)
University: Glasgow Caledonian University
Year: Third Year
Dream Job: Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Oncology
Inspiration to be a Nurse: My mum is a nurse, so, nursing has always been a big part of my life. I used to love going to the hospital with her when I was younger to visit the patients and their families. At that time, I wanted to study medicine and did my high school work experience shadowing the medical team and picked my subjects accordingly. However, I ended up moving to London. When I returned home aged 30, I began volunteering as a nursing assistant at a local charity and researched the role of the nurse. The roles of the Clinical Nurse Specialist and Advanced Nurse Practitioner really peaked my interest. I am inspired to be a nurse because I believe nurses can make a real difference in the lives of patients and their families. To nurse is a privilege, and I feel as though I have found my calling.
Fun Fact: I was a professional actor for 12 years, having studies a previous BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre. My first job was in We Will Rock You in London’s West End.
Favourite Quote: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ProfessorDumbledore, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Name: Benn Garner (@Benng90)
University: University of West London
Branch: Learning Disability
Dream Job: Learning Disability Liaison Nurse
Inspiration to be a Nurse: when I started working in learning disability services, I developed a huge passion for enhancing quality of life, advocating and supporting people with learning disabilities. I always wanted to be able to do more, and studying nursing in this field is teaching me how I can do this!
Fun Fact: I sleep with six pillows? (I’m the most boring person ever!)
Favourite Quote: “Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else” Judy Garland.
Name: Aimie Morgan
University: University of Wolverhampton
Year: Final Year Adult
Dream Job: There are so many to choose from but I think I’d like to do my masters and going into teaching in the next 20 years. But eventually when all of my children have left home, I want to move to France and run a nurse-led clinic until I retire.
Inspiration to be a Nurse: The nurses who saved my life in 2014 and made sure my boys still had a mum.
Fun Fact: I’m actually a AAT trained accountant
Favourite Quote: ‘I’ve got your back, you’ve got my ear’ – someone at congress in Belfast 2018 spoke about his nephew’s struggles with mental health and he told us these words. It’s important that our friends, family and colleagues know that we are there for them in times of need so it’s something I remember when I think someone needs a friend.
Name: Kayte Powell
University: Bangor University (Wrexham Campus)
Dream Job: Surgical ward / Acute Intervention Nurse
Inspiration to be a nurse: I can’t really pin it down to one thing. There’s a million different reasons really. From experiencing the amazing care given to family members; to the determination, compassion and support shown when one of my friends was shot and just the fact that some of the strongest , kindest people I’ve ever met have all worked in healthcare. But above all that – it’s just an itch I had to scratch!!
Fun Fact: I worked as a chef for 9 years
Favourite Quote: “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life- the procedure and the process is it’s own reward” Amelia Earhart