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New recruits to provide intensive care

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has welcomed four new nurses to its intensive care team.

Fresh out of university the four ladies add to the 80-strong team already caring for patients on the intensive care unit (ICU) at Pinderfields Hospital.

23 year old Sanchia Lockett from Barnsley is the youngest of the quartet and is looking forward to getting stuck into her new career now that she has finished her education.

“Being at uni was quite stressful at times, there was a lot to do,” she said. “I’m proud of myself for what I have achieved but I’m glad to be out of the education system for now. I will no doubt do some further training at some point in my career but right now I want to get on with the job I’ve worked hard for.”

All four knew they wanted to work as an intensive care nurse before they started their nursing degrees, with Leanne, Sanchia and Rachel having placements on ICU wards during their training, which further cemented their decisions.

For Beth it was the next logical step in her career. With a degree in psychology already under her belt and experience as a support worker and a health care assistant (HCA), the 27 year old, Leeds University graduate decided she wanted to become a nurse. “It was the obvious path of progression,” she said. “As part of my training I worked in a high dependency unit (HDU) and A and E but I wanted the opportunity to learn the skills and level of care that working in ICU will bring.”

The girls will work with a mentor for the first 6-8 weeks to gain the skills and confidence they require to work in ICU.

Liz Ellis is the Critical Care Lead Nurse for Education at the Trust and has been leading the induction for the new recruits. “It’s great that we are able to add four new faces to the team,” she said. “We treat a wide range of critically ill patients in the ICU so it’s imperative that they feel fully confident and competent to deliver the level of care required, which is why we take their on the job training and mentoring so seriously.

“I have recently attended the annual British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN) conference. I find such events hugely beneficial to my role. Meeting with critical care professionals from across the UK to discuss, share and debate best practice in this field provides me with a huge amount of knowledge and resource I can use to help educate the nurses coming through the ranks.”