"This prepared me for supporting learners within the clinical setting."
Colin is a Nurse Education Facilitator and supports undergraduate nursing students throughout their placements and three years of training. Colin studied a diploma in Child Nursing at City before completing further modules and progressing onto pathways in surgical training and Mentorship; leading to his varied and successful career as a supporter of patients and students alike.
Where and when did you achieve your first registration and what further training or education have you done?
I studied a higher diploma on children’s nursing at City University from Sept 2005 until August 2008. During my training, I did my clinical placements within Barts Health NHS Trust.
Upon completion of my student training, I worked full-time as a nurse on a short-stay day surgery unit for children for one year within Barts Health. The children that I cared for came in for routine operations and were generally discharged the same day. Some children did require to stay overnight if their operation was late in the day. The short-stay day surgery unit was open Monday to Saturday and closed on a Sunday.
In 2010, I completed my surgical care module at City, which enabled me to enhance my knowledge and skills of caring for a child who requires surgery. Between 2009 and 2011, I worked full-time as a nurse on a trauma and orthopaedic ward for children, with Barts Health. The children that I cared for had various orthopaedic (bone) conditions requiring operations and rehabilitation. Also, there were a number of children who required rehabilitation after sustaining a traumatic brain injury.
I completed my mentorship and qualified in 2011 at City, University of London. This prepared me for supporting learners within the clinical setting. Between 2011 and 2014, I worked full-time on a children’s intensive care unit with Barts Health. The children that I cared for required high dependency care or intensive care levels of care.
What is your current job title and what does it involve?
Since 2014, I have been working full-time as a Nurse Education Facilitator, which involves supporting all child nursing field undergraduate students on placement and with their mentors within Barts Health.
What are the best things about your job?
The great aspect of this job, is developing students from their very first placements all the way through their three years of training, to become a qualified nurse.
At the present time, I have no future career progression plans as I am happy with my current role.