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4 student nurses at St Mary’s Hospital can’t wait to qualify and return to the acute medical ward where they have spent the past 3 months working.

When COVID-19 took hold at the end of March, student nurses were given the option to work as healthcare assistants to help support the clinical teams as they prepared for the unknown.

Molly, Hayley, Christina and Elisha – all second and third year students – have spent the last 3 months working on Appley Ward, one of the acute medical wards at St Mary’s Hospital, under the supportive eye of Sister Lucy Merry-Williams.

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All 4 of them, who live on the Island, cannot wait to qualify and apply for their first nursing role at the Trust.

Talking about her experience, Elisha said:

“We have all had such a great time working with the team on Appley Ward, everyone helps each other and the staff morale here is great. I have already booked a couple of bank shifts in once my placement ends”.

Molly added:

“I have really enjoyed it and I have learnt so much. The team on the ward are great, everyone helps each other and I have really loved working with the overseas nurses”.

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Recently, Sister Lucy shared two patient letters with Elisha and Hayley where they received fantastic feedback for the care they had provided.

Hayley said:

“It really means a lot to hear how we have made a difference to our patients and it was lovely that Lucy took the time to share their feedback with us”.

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It’s nice to see the new Sister has started to make some much needed improvements and value her staff, if the ward is managed well it will attract new staff. Unfortunately Appley Ward has had a few years of very poor management which has resulted in low morale and the loss of some very good nurses and HCA’s.

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