Supporting nursing entry to practice at the 24 Hour Surgery 

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  Danielle Kirkwood and Natalie Hughes

The 24 Hour Surgery (24HS) continues to support the Nursing Entry to Practice (NetP) programme. Graduate nurses, Natalie Hughes, Danielle Kirkwood currently work at the 24HS.

Both ‘sing from the same song sheet’ when describing their time at the surgery. They agree that the support offered to them is amazing and there is nowhere they would rather be.

NetP provides graduate nurses with additional guidance throughout their first year of practice as newly qualified registered nurses. It allows them to begin their careers safe and confident in their clinical practice.

Bernadette Hayes, 24 Hour Surgery Clinical Nurse Leader, says we value the opportunity to have NetP nurses like Natalie and Danielle working at the surgery. They are a real asset to the team and the 24HS.

“We offer them education and learning opportunities in a safe and supported environment and we’re committed to investing in their nursing future.”
Natalie says she is learning every day, thanks to the team.

“Whether you ask a team leader, a doctor, or anyone on the floor, they are all happy to help. There is so much knowledge here and there are no silly questions.”

“It wasn’t until I was interviewed for the 24HS that I realised how much I wanted to work here. It fits perfectly around my family and I love the acuity and variety,” says Natalie.

“There are lots of opportunities for learning more. Pegasus is a supportive environment with lots of systems in place to help. Everyone is friendly, from the IT staff and so on.”

“When you start NetP at the 24HS your first year is protected and supported. In your second year you can buddy with a NetP graduate and during your third year you are assessed and progressed into other areas of the 24HS, so there is plenty of scope. I may look at training to be a triage nurse. It’s also good that sometimes we get shifts that aren’t so busy, so we can take a step back, share and talk with colleagues and do some online and practical education sessions,” says Natalie.

Danielle was at the 24HS as a student nurse for 10 weeks last year and is pleased to be back.

“24HS is where I want to be, as there is so much variety and so many opportunities. You can spend a long time here learning new skills. For a new graduate at the 24HS you have all the support you need.”

“It’s reassuring to see the other 24HS nurses who have completed NetP and how experienced they are. It makes me feel confident that I’m on the same path,” says Danielle.

Bernadette believes the future is definitely looking bright for nursing at the 24HS and within Canterbury and is impressed by the calibre of graduates coming through the NetP programme.

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