Caroline B - Community Children's Nurse

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Caroline B - Wolverhampton PCT

00:00:00 I'm Caroline B and I'm a community children's nurse. I basically, when a child with complex needs is discharged to the community we'll go out and support the family. My daily job can vary. It can be just your daily wound changes, teaching the parents how to feed the child through gastrostomy or a tube in the nose. I've actually covered some special needs schools and administering medication, different things like that.

00:00:27 I was from a working family background. Not from an academic background at all. Didn't really feel like I was achieving very well at school. Probably quite low self esteem but always found my passion in sport. My favourite teacher who inspired me the most at school was my PE teacher, Mrs Mole. Came out and went into the Army which built my confidence, I think, made me feel more confident about myself. I had some real friends in the Army and we had some fun, we had some laughs.

00:00:59 You're living together under the same roof and, you know, you have literally got to pull together as a team otherwise it's just not going to work. It was hard going into the environment and it was hard coming out of the environment because you, you know, you're kind of stripped of your home comforts, really. You're all sharing the same washing machine, you're all queuing up for the same washing machine and, you know, your rooms have got to be completely clean from top to bottom for inspection. But, you know, it's enjoyable because you have a laugh about it in the bar at night after it.

00:01:27 I was missing home, really. I was missing my boyfriend and we just wanted to be together and that was what made me leave, really. But I did miss my friendships and the active life that came with the Army. And I missed the discipline in a way as well, you know, because even though it was hard work and you were constantly being told what to do, you made some really close friendships.

00:01:56 I spent a couple of years in the regular Army and came out and did a BTech in leisure studies. Went to work in a gym for a while and then went onto the Territorial Army because I was a bit disappointed coming out of the regular Army because I thought to myself I was quite missing the activity and the active life and a friend of mine advised me about the Territorials and I spent six long years in the Territorials and then left the Territorials because I became pregnant.

00:02:24 Spent some lovely time at home with the children, decided where do I go from here and my sister was just qualifying as a midwife at the time and she kind of inspired me to go into nursing. Academically, when I started nursing I hadn't been in school for a long, long time and my first assignment was an E4 and then by the end of the three years I was getting A14 so it was a big achievement for that as well.

00:02:48 I'm the kind of person that will go away and think about things first because I mean when I first ventured on this three year course I hummed and haaed over it and I thought to myself, "You know, this is not something that I'm going to be able to achieve, why am I here?" And then when I got my first assignment and it was an E4 I thought, "Yes, that's the answer, why am I here? E4." But you know what, I'm glad I didn't throw the towel in. It was tough, hard going sometimes but, you know, you get there in the end but I couldn't have done it without my family and my support network.

00:03:22 People that inspire me are gutsy people, people that like to feel the fear and go for something. Fear can paralyse you and I just think that it holds you back from achieving things that you feel like you want to go for, that you haven't got the confidence to go for. I'm happy with my life, the way it's turned out. I would never have believed that this was the journey that I was going to take leaving school but then nothing's panned out for you, is it, really? You have to go with your gut instinct and do what you want to do and what makes you feel happy and comfortable.

00:03:58 ENDS

Caroline B

Caroline B - Wolverhampton PCT I'm Caroline B and I'm a community children's nurse. I basically, when a child with complex needs is discharged to the community we'll go out and support the family. My daily job can vary. It can be just your daily wound changes, teaching the parents how to feed the child through gastrostomy or a tube in the nose. I've actually covered some special needs schools and administering medication, different things like that. I was from a working family background. Not from an academic background at all. Didn't really feel like I was achieving very well at school. Probably quite low self esteem but always found my passion in sport. My favourite teacher who inspired me the most at school was my PE teacher, Mrs Mole. Came out and went into the Army which built my confidence, I think, made me feel more confident about myself. I had some real friends in the Army and we had some fun, we had some laughs. You're living together under the same roof and, you know, you have literally got to pull together as a team otherwise it's just not going to work. It was hard going into the environment and it was hard coming out of the environment because you, you know, you're kind of stripped of your home comforts, really. You're all sharing the same washing machine, you're all queuing up for the same washing machine and, you know, your rooms have got to be completely clean from top to bottom for inspection. But, you know, it's enjoyable because you have a laugh about it in the bar at night after it. I was missing home, really. I was missing my boyfriend and we just wanted to be together and that was what made me leave, really. But I did miss my friendships and the active life that came with the Army. And I missed the discipline in a way as well, you know, because even though it was hard work and you were constantly being told what to do, you made some really close friendships. I spent a couple of years in the regular Army and came out and did a BTech in leisure studies. Went to work in a gym for a while and then went onto the Territorial Army because I was a bit disappointed coming out of the regular Army because I thought to myself I was quite missing the activity and the active life and a friend of mine advised me about the Territorials and I spent six long years in the Territorials and then left the Territorials because I became pregnant. Spent some lovely time at home with the children, decided where do I go from here and my sister was just qualifying as a midwife at the time and she kind of inspired me to go into nursing. Academically, when I started nursing I hadn't been in school for a long, long time and my first assignment was an E4 and then by the end of the three years I was getting A14 so it was a big achievement for that as well. I'm the kind of person that will go away and think about things first because I mean when I first ventured on this three year course I hummed and haaed over it and I thought to myself, "You know, this is not something that I'm going to be able to achieve, why am I here?" And then when I got my first assignment and it was an E4 I thought, "Yes, that's the answer, why am I here? E4." But you know what, I'm glad I didn't throw the towel in. It was tough, hard going sometimes but, you know, you get there in the end but I couldn't have done it without my family and my support network. People that inspire me are gutsy people, people that like to feel the fear and go for something. Fear can paralyse you and I just think that it holds you back from achieving things that you feel like you want to go for, that you haven't got the confidence to go for. I'm happy with my life, the way it's turned out. I would never have believed that this was the journey that I was going to take leaving school but then nothing's panned out for you, is it, really? You have to go with your gut instinct and do what you want to do and what makes you feel happy and comfortable. ENDS

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About Caroline B

Age at filming: 36-45, Employer's name: Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust
Caroline B enjoyed an active life in the army, before working in a gym, having some time at home with her children and becoming a Community Childrens Nurse. She tells of the challenges of being an adult learner and how she is inspired by gutsy people who are not held back by fear.

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Nursing auxiliaries and assistants assist doctors, nurses and other health professionals in caring for the sick and injured within hospitals, homes, clinics and the wider community.

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There are no formal academic entry requirements. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/ SVQs in Care are available at Levels 2 and 3.

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  • Performs basic clinical tasks such as taking patients’ temperature and pulse, weighing and measuring, performing urine tests and extracting blood samples
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  • Distributes and serves food, assists patients in feeding and prepares snacks and hot drinks
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