A newly qualified Registered Nurse will be following in her mum’s footsteps by caring for patients at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Kristy Jupp has worked hard to become a nurse just like her mum Jane Parker, who is a Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse at the Trust.
Over the last four years, Kristy has been juggling the demands of her Open University degree with her fulltime role as a Health Care Assistant on Denver ward.
Kristy has now been notified that she has passed her degree and is looking forward to putting on her blue uniform once she has received her Nursing and Midwifery Council PIN to officially become a Staff Nurse.
Kristy, who has also recently got married, said: “It feels amazing to have passed my nursing degree – the last four years have gone really quickly.
“I am also pleased to have followed in my mum’s footsteps. I am proud that we are both in the same job. It is also nice to work in the same hospital as she’s only at the end of a phone if I need her.
“We come from a caring family as my Great Grandmother was always called upon in her local area to deliver babies and to perform last offices at the end of life and my Nan, Aunt and Uncle have been carers.”
Jane has spoken of her pride about Kristy’s hard work and dedication to become a nurse.
She said: “I think it is amazing that Kristy has become a nurse and I am really proud of her.
“Her route into nursing has not been an easy one, Open University is very intensive and there are a lot of assignments, but she has done all of that while still holding down a fulltime job.
“Kristy has handled all of this brilliantly and is a fantastic nurse. I could not be prouder!”
Jane has been a registered nurse for 18 years after training at the QEH and is the Lead Tissue Viability Nurse, which is the care of complex wounds.
Over the years, Jane has held a number of roles which has exposed Kristy to what life is like as a nurse.
Jane said: “When Kristy was 14, I was a clinical nurse advisor and had to teach people to apply maggots to wounds. I used to practice applying maggots on Kristy – it hasn’t put her off!”
Kristy was one of three Health Care Assistants who have been given some support to complete the Open University degree over the last four years.
She would also recommend the ‘earn while you learn’ route into nursing as she’s gained vital experience along the way.
Kristy said: “I think this is a great way to become a Staff Nurse. It is longer but you have a lot of experience of working with patients, using your skills along with exposure to a hospital and NHS environment.”
With a well-documented national shortage of Registered Nurses, The QEH is looking at a variety of ways to bridge this gap under its Grow Your Own initiative.
Helping to develop existing staff to reach their potential is one of the strands of this strategy.
It’s a family affair – Kristy Jupp joins mum Jane Parker as a Registered Nurse
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