Every nursing student who graduated from Coventry University Scarborough last year has found work within local NHS services, highlighting the vital importance the campus is playing in training the next generation of healthcare professionals.
All 46 graduates from last year’s nursing cohort work locally, helping build on Coventry University Scarborough’s strong links with three neighbouring NHS Trusts.
They all graduated from Coventry University Scarborough’s adult nursing and mental health nursing courses.
Bronia Pennycook-Gibson, course leader in nursing at Coventry University Scarborough, said: “We’re proud of our students – this is a great achievement. We have a fantastic relationship with our local NHS Trusts, and we work closely to identify their needs and tailor our work to that.
“All of our adult nursing and mental health nursing students from last year have found work in either The Tees, Esk Wear and Valley Mental Health Trust, The York and Scarborough NHS Foundation Trust or the Humber NHS Foundation Trust.
“With so many of our students going into the NHS locally, they tend to come across each other when they go to work. Some of our previous graduates have become supervisors and are involved in the placements undertaken by our current students. It’s nice to see these things come full circle.
“Provided they graduate, 65 of our 70 students have also already secured jobs locally this year.”
Charmaine Mashonganyika, a graduate of the adult nursing course at Coventry University Scarborough, enjoys working within the community and is due to begin a new role as a specialist substance misuse well-being nurse based in York in September.
She said: “I started my adult nursing course as a 36-year-old single mum to two sons. I returned to nurse training following a failed attempt around 16 years ago. Coventry University Scarborough was local, so I knew juggling placements and childcare would be doable.
“I had a placement at York drug and alcohol service in my second year, which moulded who I am as a nurse today.
“I’m currently working in the community. I chose this route as it worked around family life, and I wanted to be out and about rather than in a hospital. I’ve worked in a supportive, close-knit team, developed a broad range of clinical skills and competencies, built confidence as a newly qualified nurse, and forged lovely friendships with patients.”