The moment I realised... I wanted to be a children's nurse

Phoebe Wilson explains the moment she realised her dream to work with children in the clinical setting

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Working with children in the clinical setting has been an ambition of mine for as long as I can remember. I was even given a toy stethoscope when I left secondary school and told by my head of year to follow my dreams.


I think my ambition to be a children’s nurse grew when I was studying psychology at A level. In psychology you learn about child development and this led me to develop a keen interest in paediatric nursing and to look at the University of Plymouth. The University offers the opportunity to not only study child development at greater depth, but also put this theory into practice and that’s something that I really wanted to do.

I think the moment I realised I was becoming a children’s nurse and that this was a career path sculpted for me was after my first day of clinical placement.

Following six months of intense theory, which I absolutely loved, I was excited but anxious about my clinical placement. I’d built up big expectations that I was worried weren’t going to be fulfilled, but I’m so happy to let you all know that my clinical placements and my community placements were absolutely incredible. I was so supported by my mentors and I was given the opportunity to do so much more than could ever have imagined.

I think the proudest moment of my course so far has been on placement and being told by my patients and by my mentor that I’m going to be make a good nurse. This makes you believe in what you’re doing and also strive to be the best version of yourself. 

I love working with children and I want to be a children’s nurse, so being told that you’re going to be good at it is fantastic feedback.

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