"From working on a respiratory ward to shadowing paramedics, I would’ve never had the opportunity to experience this, without the support and guidance from my tutors.”

ShannonAspiring Nurse, Shannon, is a shining example of how dedication and determination can lead to success, after securing her place at Liverpool John Moores University to study Adult Nursing.

Since the age of 8, Shannon has helped care for her mum, alongside her dad and having to take on some measure of this responsibility at such a young age, is what inspired Shannon to care for others too and pursue a career in the healthcare industry.

After completing her GCSEs at Byrchall High School, Shannon’s ambition was originally to become an Arts Therapist, combining her talent for art with her passion for care. However, after hearing of the Cadetship programme at St Helens College, she joined the level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.

As part of her Cadetship, Shannon had access to some incredible opportunities with St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust and Northwest Ambulance Service, from working in the accident and emergency department and shadowing paramedics to working on a specialist respiratory ward and ward 3B ‘Fractured Neck of Femur’ at Whiston Hospital.

Spending two days per week on placement and three days at College, Shannon also managed to hold down a part-time job as a Healthcare Assistant, working as bank staff across three main hospital sites, including; St Helens, Whiston, and Newton-le-Willows.

During her placements, her roles and responsibilities were diverse. However, on a typical day on the respiratory ward at Whiston Hospital, she was responsible for providing a range of personal and specialist care duties such as oral hygiene, assisted feeding, removing cannulas and catheter care.

Shannon has also received dementia training as part of her Cadetship, which benefitted her massively during her part-time employment at Four Seasons Health Care in Shawcross, where she worked with dementia patients, in the Elderly Mental Infirm (EMI) unit.

Speaking of her experiences, Shannon said, "Everything that I have learnt during my Cadetship has prepared me for the next step towards attaining my career. Learning about healthcare and also having the opportunity to really experience it, has been so valuable and will put me in good stead when studying my degree at university and applying for jobs.”

She added, “The Cadetship can be intensive, and because of this, keeping on top of assignments can be tough sometimes, but the tutors are amazing. They provide so much support and make sure that you have everything you need, both personally and academically, to stay on track.”

Commenting on Shannon’s dedication and achievements, Health and Social Care Tutor at St Helens College, Pat Walsh, said, “Shannon was an excellent student. She was 100% committed to her studies enabling her to achieve her aim of becoming a healthcare professional.”

He added, “During her last year of study, she completed a placement with Northwest Ambulance Service and received exemplary feedback regarding her enthusiasm and mature approach to the demands that the placement presented.”

Shannon now looks forward to a bright future, studying Adult Nursing at Liverpool John Moore University, working towards a career in an industry that she loves.

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Cadetship)

Adult Nursing at Liverpool John Moores University

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