UEA Trainee Nursing Associates share their experiences with Health Education England
Trainee nursing associate Tracy talks about her experience on the apprenticeship at Meadow House Nursing Home in Swaffham during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I started working as a care assistant and progressed to senior care assistant, then did a healthcare practitioner qualification. I’d always wanted to be a nurse but hadn’t been able to because of the financial aspects. When the nursing associate role came up, I felt it was the right time to do it, as a route into nursing.
Second year trainee nursing associate Jamaia Debbage, 19, talks about her experience on the apprenticeship during the COVID-19 pandemic at James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University of East Anglia.
Prior to starting the nursing associate programme, I was at sixth form college and volunteering at James Paget Hospital. I had always wanted to be a nurse, but I didn’t want to go to university full time. I learn better in practice, so having one day at uni alongside four days out learning on the job on the nursing associate programme suits me well.