THE latest cohort of healthcare assistants celebrated receiving their care certificates at Basildon University Hospital.
A total of 24 HCAs took part in the special ceremony, designed to acknowledge traditional nursing customs dating back to Florence Nightingale.
Wearing traditional hats, they gave a nurse’s pledge to their matrons, before being handed their care certificate and HCA and BTUH pin.
Jenny Flack, infection, prevention and control nurse spoke about her 37 years in nursing. Her advice to the group was: “Wherever your career leads you, hold close to your heart that you are here to care for and speak out for the patients. That will never change.”
The group spent five to six weeks training for their care certificates, 11 days in the classroom, alongside working on the ward and producing written work.
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