Joel has been a Staff Nurse on the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at GOSH for 16 months. Joel describes GOSH as a fantastic environment for learning: “GOSH offers something special,” says Joel. “It’s not a general hospital. It provides you with training in specialist areas of nursing, and throughout the hospital, everyone is keen to teach you as much as possible.”
He explains why he chose CICU: “My final placement was on CICU. And I felt like it was such an amazing ward that I had to come back.” Next year Joel is planning to complete a course in intensive care, and long-term wants to become an Advanced Nurse Practitioner.
Joel loves being part of the GOSH team and is hoping to remain at the hospital for the foreseeable future. “It’s a privilege to work at GOSH” Joel says, “given its reputation globally.”
Verity is a Staff Nurse at the end of her rotation programme at GOSH: “I’ve found the rotation programme really good because it’s so varied,” Variety explains, “I trained in Nottingham but I didn’t know what I wanted to do specifically, so I came to GOSH because you can get a broad range of experience in a variety of specialities.”
Verity explains how her general paediatric training has complimented her career development at GOSH, “I think it helped that I had been trained in a general paediatric setting, and the range and quality of education I’ve had at GOSH means I can now work in a specialised environment too.”
Verity describes how the role can be emotional and challenging, “You become part of the family’s everyday lives – you’re with them through the bad times and the good times, and I think that’s really special.”
Elizabeth is a Staff Nurse at GOSH and is at the end of the rotation programme. “The rotation programme was particularly appealing as it offered the opportunity to gain experience across a range of specialities. I wasn’t ready at the point of qualifying to choose which area I wanted to specialise in, particularly as most of my training had been general.”
Elizabeth recounts being impressed by the amount of study days in comparison to other Trusts, “During my induction period I received a two-year plan, which detailed a broad range of study days I would be booked on to. This removed a lot of stress!”
“Although nursing can be challenging at times, it has been more rewarding, interesting and varied than I ever imagined” says Elizabeth, “I think as nurses at GOSH we are privileged to care for patients with such complex needs - they teach us something new every day and motivate us to continue learning and improving.”
Elizabeth is about to start a job on PICU and in the long-term aspires to be in a Clinical Site Practitioner or work in the Children’s Acute Transport Service.
Cindy has worked at GOSH for six years and is a Band 7 Practice Educator for chemotherapy administration across seven wards.
After qualifying from Buckinghamshire University, Cindy worked at a range of London NHS and private hospitals before applying to work in the Haematology and Oncology department at GOSH, attracted by the educational opportunities.
“In the space of 12 months at GOSH I had completed three accredited courses towards my Masters”, explains Cindy “I now have a full Masters and am looking to publish it soon.”
After four years at GOSH Cindy undertook a six-month secondment into the education team. “My secondment opportunity was fantastic and I’ve now been in this role for a year and a half” says Cindy, “I’ve come from Trusts where there is no such thing as an educator, so it’s fantastic that GOSH offers its nurses this level of support.”
Nia Binding is a Staff Nurse at GOSH. After qualifying from Swansea University, Nia applied to GOSH on the general rotation programme. Completing 3 8-month rotations covering Bone Marrow Transplantation, Ears, Nose and Throat and Theatre Recovery, Nia now works permanently within ENT.
“Growing up and during my training, GOSH was, and still is, the centre of excellence for paediatric nursing care. I wanted to work in a place where at the end of every shift, I knew I would have made a real difference to the lives of sick children and their families.”
“GOSH has offered me so much more than I ever expected. My experiences in different areas allowed me to gain knowledge and skills in different specialities and transfer these skills wherever I go in the hospital” Nia says, “I have competencies I thought would take me years to complete. But also, no matter where I work within the hospital the teams are always friendly and treat you as one of their own.”
Nia has completed her mentorship module and has now become a preceptor, supporting newly-registered nurses arriving at GOSH. In the long term, she hopes to complete a diploma in Tropical Nursing and use her skills to help children in developing countries.
Gemma is a 23-year-old Cardiac Intensive Care Nurse at GOSH. After studying for a degree in Children’s Nursing at King's College London and undertaking placements at other London hospitals, Gemma applied to GOSH for the newly-registered nurse programme.
“GOSH had a newly-qualified nurses programme that gave me the support I needed and helped me become a confident, competent practitioner,” said Gemma.
“The programme also enabled me to meet other nurses starting out new, which then became not only my support network, but my friendship group.”
Gemma explains that although the job can be stressful at times, there is always someone on hand to lend support. “GOSH is a friendly hospital – I have no hesitation in asking any member of staff for help. All of the team pull together with the child’s best interests at heart.”
After completing her Masters, Gemma hopes to become a Sister or a Clinical Site Practitioner. “I am undertaking the Intensive Care Course funded by GOSH which is part time with London Southbank University. The course will enable me to expand my knowledge and skills and become a more competent Intensive Care Nurse. It is a nationally-recognised course going towards my Masters.”