She first qualified in 1998 but left the profession eight years later. Since then she had associated healthcare roles including care assistant and hospital phlebotomist. She said: 'I enjoyed it but decided I had more skills. I came to Yaxley as a Healthcare Assistant and was thinking of becoming a Nursing Associate, however, after a lot of thought and encouragement I decided to take the plunge and sign up for Return to Nursing.'
The 12-week Anglia Ruskin course combined virtual study sessions and practical study days on phlebotomy and first aid. Helen also shadowed the nursing team and had regular appraisals and assignments.
She said: 'It was quite intense but was definitely the right move. I am now looking at doing further courses, such as cervical screening to expand my skillset. There is still a lot to do because every practice needs nursing skills in different areas. The nursing and practice team here really supported me throughout and I couldn't have done it without them!'