Zoe - Student Nurse

Who’s this?

I’m Zoe, a student nurse studying at The University of Manchester

What does that mean?

I am currently in my 2nd year of Adult Nursing at University; I care for patients who suffer from a variety of health conditions

Why did you choose this job?

I am a people person, I love the patient contact and I get great satisfaction from helping others!

What is the best part of your job?

The reward for me is the appreciation of my patients and their families. I go home knowing that no matter how small, I have made a difference to someone

What does your typical day look like?

My current placement is Interventional Radiology and I find it very interesting. On a normal day, I support in setting up equipment and drugs are ready for the day ahead, speaking to patients and making sure they are aware of what is involved in the procedure they are about to have; I also assist the consultant radiologists whilst they carry out the procedures As a student, I get to go into theatres, wards, clinics, anything really, I enjoy following my patients journey, learning a lot and have different experiences every day!

What have you done that has made you most proud at work?

I have become really interested in public health since I started university and won an ‘Impact on Practice’ Award at the beginning of my 2nd year for implementing health promotion, helping individuals to make better lifestyle choices for themselves and had some great patient feedback. I went on to do some volunteering with a Cancer charity (I am now a Cancer Champion), and from that was asked to speak at The Christie Hospital in Withington at an event launch in January. I was interviewed by Key103, so was on the radio and was also in The Guardian Newspaper

What do you want to achieve in the next 5 years at work?

This is an interesting question, I feel that I have achieved much more that I thought I would of in the last few years; I love not knowing where I will end up! I think I might study to a higher level once I finish my degree, maybe a masters or go into Oncology (Cancer), Cancer Research or public health, I may do all of it, who knows…

How does a role like this pay?

The role of Student Nurse normally starts at a Band 5 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.

The National Careers Service have a section for Student Nurse where you can find out information about the average pay for the role as well as information about the job and its responsibilities.

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Manchester Universities NHS Foundation Trust (Central & Trafford Sites). If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Student Nurse section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.