'I'M JUST SO PLEASED TO GET BACK TO NURSING...'.
Byline: By GREG TINDLE South Wales Echo The South Wales Echo is a daily newspaper distributed in south Wales. It was founded in 1884 and is based in Thomson House, Cardiff city centre. It is published daily, in a tabloid form, by Media Wales Ltd (formerly Western Mail & Echo Ltd), part of the Trinity Mirror group.
Amanda Reed Amanda Reed (1832–1904) was the wife and widow of Simeon Gannett Reed, American entrepreneur from Oregon.
In Simeon's will, he suggested that his wife could "devote some portion of (his) estate to benevolent objects, or to the cultivation, illustration, or development is back where she belongs and in the job she always dreamed of since her early teens. But it was 30 years ago that Amanda took her first nervous steps onto a hospital ward as a trainee nurse, setting out on a career that has gone full circle. For after rising to the dizzy heights as a senior sister at just 24 years old Amanda is today starting out again as a staff nurse having taken a long family break from the NHS NHS
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NHS (in Britain) National Health Service . Amanda, 48, is one of a new breed of nurses who have been tempted back into the job, bringing with her a wealth of much-needed skills as well as a special outlook that only comes from age and experience. The drive to attract former nurses like Amanda back onto the wards has become a priority for hospitals across Wales in a bid to fill hundreds of vacancies and reduce the crippling cost of employing private agency staff. 'I was just pleased to get back into nursing and have had fantastic support from other nurses - most of them younger than me. They've been great,' said Amanda. 'Obviously things have changed over the years - there's a lot of new equipment on the wards and the paperwork has increased dramatically, but I'm enjoying it.' All this is a far cry from her early days when Amanda, who was brought up in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, moved to Cardiff to start her training at the city's University Hospital of Wales University Hospital of Wales (referred to locally as "the Heath" or UHW), opened in 1971, is situated on the outskirts of central Cardiff, Wales.
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But Amanda was then able to juggle motherhood with a new career and took up a post as a part-time lecturer in child health at Cardiff's Coleg Glan Hafren Coleg Glan Hafren''' is a Further Education college based in Cardiff. The college has over 12,000 students and provides over 800 courses, including Business Studies, Media Studies, Sociology, History and Law. .
This arrangement was to last almost 13 years and worked well until Amanda was the victim of cutbacks.
'As a part-timer I drew the short straw and was made redundant but I had been thinking of changing careers before this hap- pened,' she said.
And ironically, that change of career turned out to be back to square one as Amanda enrolled for a 12- week return-to-nursing course, which is run by the Cardiff and Vale Trust for ex-nurses to help them get up to date with the latest nursing developments.
'It was with the support of my husband Geoff that I decided to get back into nursing,' added Amanda.
'He was keen for me to take the job despite the abnormal hours and I'm pleased I did.'
Kath Elias, the recruitment advisor at the Trust, said: 'Amanda's a great example of who we'd like to encourage back to nursing and we hope they will come along to our open day next Friday to find out just how easy it is.'
If you can't make the open day but would like more details about the Return to Nursing course, call 029 2074 3873.'