As Redland Hospital launches into its sixth year of hosting School Based Trainees we chat with former SBT Jessica Allen, now an AIN in our Surgical Ward.
What made you apply for a school based trainee position? Were you always interested in a career in healthcare? I’ve always had an interest to work in healthcare. It’s definitely something I’m passionate about. When I was offered to apply for the traineeship I knew it would allow me to get a foot in the door of my future career.
How did you find the process? I found the application process quite daunting as they can only take on 4 students a year, so I knew the chances were slim but when I found out I got the traineeship I was over the moon.
What did you enjoy about your training year with Metro South Health? There are so many things I enjoyed about my training with Metro South Health but the one thing I enjoyed most was the staff. While completing my placement on the wards the staff were so welcoming and supportive.
What did you find challenging? The most challenging aspect of this role was dealing with stressful situations. However with the support from staff, overwhelming situations became easier to comprehend.
Did it help you decide on what you want to do in the future? The traineeship helped me discover my passion for helping people and my interest in the human body, so I knew nursing would be the perfect career for me.
Would you recommend this process to other students? I can’t recommend the traineeship enough. Without the program I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Where are you working now? I am currently working as a permanent part time AIN on the Surgical Ward at Redland Hospital.
What are you enjoying about your role? I enjoy being able to work in an environment where I can help people and learn more about my future career as a Registered Nurse.
Do you have any other plans for further study? At the moment I am heading into the second year of my nursing degree. I am also considering studying paramedic along side the nursing degree.