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Jerico Nepomuceno - Level 5 Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

"I chose this apprenticeship to get into the medical/nursing field. As I wanted to use my communication, professionalism and accountability skills I’ve developed over my academic years. I wanted to use my prior biomedical science knowledge I’ve gained from my bachelor’s degree and use this within a clinical setting."

What stands out about Nottingham Trent University?

"Nottingham Trent stands out as it has consistently produced great academic professionals who are now within the NHS working within their respective field. Providing me with great insight on the learning environment within the university. Additionally, the brand new facilities that NTU provides its students are regarded to be in a high standard."

How do you believe this apprenticeship will affect both your current job role and future career?

"It will provide me a stepping stone to get into the career path of the nursing field as well as providing me long-lasting networking relationships with future nurses within my cohort. It will benefit my career as it gives me an insight on how the university is able to provide a 1st class education service when I’m able to top-up my university degree to the registered nurse position."

How have you balanced studying alongside your professional role?

"I have made sure I always stay ahead of the week in terms of academic work. Doing the work at least 4 weeks in advanced means I therefore don’t have any delays on submitting assignments or coursework, as well as ensuring I have a margin of error in case any changes are required last minute. Additionally making sure I have time to do all the work needed dividing my time, making sure I have some time to cool down and ensure work-life-education balance are accommodated."

What skills and experience have you gained as part of this apprenticeship? Has there been anything that you were not expecting?

"So far I’ve gained a lot of understanding on how the healthcare system works in England as well as how nurses are central to each patient care. Learning various clinical skills, communication skills, person-centred care and professionalism within a healthcare environment. As well as an appreciation on how Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham University Hospital works alongside each other to provide me with education not just within university environment but within the hospital environment."

What advice would you give to anyone considering a higher/degree apprenticeship?

"Definitely go for it! It provides you a lot more opportunities in the future, sets you up as a working professional and enables you to network with experienced professionals within your specified career field."

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