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INSPIRED: Dental Nurse inspired to retrain as a Nursing Associate after being redeployed during Covid-19

 

During the first wave of the pandemic, Jennifer Royle, Dental Nurse at University Dental Hospital Manchester was part of the first cohort of staff to be redeployed to the newly established Nightingale Hospital North West to provide nursing care to patients during the Covid-19 response.

It was during her time working here that Jennifer discovered a new passion for nursing which has inspired her to retrain as a Nursing Associate.

Jennifer, from Glossop has been a Dental Nurse for almost 18 years and has worked at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) for two years. Speaking about her experiences during the pandemic, Jennifer has shared a personal account of how redeployment inspired the next step of her nursing career.

Back in April 2020 the Nightingale Hospital North West was established in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Once the hospital closed its doors for the final time, Jennifer said her mind had been made up on wanting to pursue a career in nursing.

She will undertake her nursing associate training at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, with The University of Salford and is open minded about the area of nursing in which she would like to specialise but has a genuine interest in mental health nursing.


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