Bursaries are vital for the future of nursing - and the NHS
s a nurse in accident and emergency I’m the first person you’ll see. I’ll triage you, order your bloods and x-rays, interpret results, get you painkillers, take your blood pressure and pulse and escalate any issues to senior staff. If I suspect or you disclose abuse, I report this. If you are not looking after your health I’ll help you realise this. I put on your plaster cast, change your dressings, suture your cuts and take you to the toilet.
Before I trained to be a nurse I worked for four years as a parliamentary researcher after graduating with a degree in international relations. My calling, as such, hit me after the result of the 2010 election. I felt it was time to do something practical with my life and not sit in an office telling other people what they should be doing.
I couldn’t have trained as a nurse if it wasn’t for the bursary - it’s vital to those who cannot fund themselves
My course attracted a fabulously diverse group of people: artists, teachers, a child psychologist, full-time mothers, and several biomedical scientists. We had all given up other jobs to be there and were able to because the course had a £6,000 a year NHS bursary attached to it. Since qualifying in 2013 I suspect we have all repaid our debt to society a thousand times over.