Five Dutch nursing students bade a sad early farewell to Basildon at the weekend after having a rewarding experience.
During their seven weeks working in Basildon Hospital they had a range of experiences – including two seeing open heart surgery and one being involved in the successful resuscitation of several patients.
Laura den Broeder, Anne van der Stoop, Michelle Borst, Annelot Caspers and Sanne Noort are all third year nursing students at Nova College in Haarlem, with one more year to go before they qualify.
They mostly worked in the hospital’s A&E department and cardiothoracic unit but also experienced life on the wards.
The student nurses even encountered some Basildon bashfulness, with people voicing surprise they chose to come here rather than a big city.
Annelot said: “It is so close to the sea and to London. We had some nice nights out in the local pub.”
The biggest difference between Dutch and English nurse training, they agreed, is that at home students specialise in one area of nursing during training while newly-qualified English nurses can work in a wider range of settings and specialties.
The student nurses generously brought gifts and a bumper thankyou card for their three “mommies” in the Trust’s professional education department – Olusola Odubanjo, Liz Summers and Cathy Green.
Liz, the Trust’s professional education lead, said: “We were so sad to see the young women leave but we know that they learnt a lot and had a wide range of experiences. They also gave so much back to our own people.”
This is the first year the Trust has increased the number of students hosted from three to five – a move sparked by the imminent merger which provides even wider opportunities for new experiences.