The stories of the four nurses feature in videos on the Nursing Careers website which seeks to promote the wide range of nursing careers available, challenge misconceptions and encourage people to consider a career in nursing.
Duncan is now head of nursing for the specialist hospitals board. He started his career as a staff nurse and is now responsible for looking at long-term improvements that can be made in nursing care across the hospital.
Baljit Gill is a ward sister on the busy women’s health ward with up to 16 patients going to theatre each day.
Rachel Taylor is a nurse consultant at the NHNN for nuero-genetics and Huntington's disease. As well as seeing patients, she also carries out research into Huntington’s disease to improve treatment.
John Welch is a nurse consultant in critical care and works in the three intensive care units. He is also the lead for the outreach teams of critical care nurses that go to wards in response to deteriorating patients.
Baljit said: “I am delighted that my story features on the new Nursing Careers website. I hope that my story will help to inspire other potential nurses and encourage more people to consider nursing as a profession.
“Nursing is a fantastically rewarding career. The appreciation that you receive from the patients gives you great job satisfaction.”
The website is launched as nurse training shifts from a mixture of diploma and degree courses to an all-graduate entry profession by 2013. In the next three years, the nursing profession needs to attract enough applicants to fill thousands more degree places.
The new website uses innovative features including an interactive personality quiz to help users explore their suitability for different areas of nursing. It also includes video interviews with nurses from different specialisms, talking about their roles and tackling some of the misconceptions about pay, progression and status. In addition, the website offers comprehensive information about entering the profession via a variety of routes as well as a resource centre of materials to support schools, universities and NHS organisations to promote nursing as a career.
Katherine Fenton, chief nurse elect, said: “We are delighted that Duncan, Baljit, Rachel and John are featuring on the new Nursing Careers website. It really is a testament to their dedication to the nursing profession and hard work here at UCLH.
“Nurses are not only a significant and crucial part of the NHS workforce; they also have a key role to play in the current reshaping of NHS patient care. The new website will help to challenge misconceptions about nursing and encourage well-informed and motivated job-seekers to fill the wide variety of opportunities in the NHS.”
The stories of Duncan Burton, Baljit Gill, Rachel Taylor and John Welch appear here on the nursing careers website and they are also on the UCLH website.