Caring is in Jess Coates’ blood – her nan and mum are both from a caring background and she always knew she wanted to follow in their footsteps.
When she left school, Jess worked as a healthcare assistant in a nursing home before applying to Christ Church University to study nursing.
Now a third-year student nurse, she has impressed managers on Kings D ward at the William Harvey Hospital so much during her placement that she has been offered a job when she qualifies.
Jess said: “My nan is retired now but I still go to her for advice. I like to think that she and my mum are proud of me.
“I think working as an HCA helped me be more confident with patients and gave me a really good grounding in the basics of care.
“You could be a top surgeon or matron but you still need the basics of looking after people.”
Jess still works in the care home around her studies but is looking forward to working full-time on the surgical ward.
She said: “I like the rehab side of it, so we can see people have their surgery, recover and get up and walking again so they can go home.
“It is so interesting to learn about trauma as well. I was able to scrub in to an operation as a student and in the future I’d quite like to go into theatre nursing.
“But for now I am enjoying the ward and I can’t wait to qualify.”