New year, new student nurses at Basildon Hospital

ALMOST 200 student nurses have been welcomed at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, ahead of them beginning their work placements in March.

It’s one of the largest ever number of student nurses from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) to be starting at the Trust. Students will be based at Basildon Hospital, Southend Hospital, Broomfield Hospital and within the community.

The new influx of student nurses started their studies at ARU in September last year. Liz Summers, professional and commissioned education lead at Basildon Hospital, said: “The increase in numbers is partly due to a national campaign to help encourage people to study to become a nurse, so it’s wonderful to see so many joining us this year.

“These students are training to be our nurses of the future, and at induction we reassure them we are here to support them throughout their studies and will be looking to recruit many of them in the final year of their degree.”

When they start placements at the end of March, the students will be working alongside dedicated nursing staff from a variety of paediatric and adult care teams across the Trust.

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