…By Alan Peterson for TDPel Media.
Leah Kitson-James, a 25-year-old nurse from Ceredigion, has become one of the stars of a new BBC Three docu-series called “Rookie Nurses.”
This five-part series follows the lives of young, newly-qualified nurses who work on the front line of the NHS.
Leah currently works at Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth and her decision to become a nurse was inspired by her own health struggles.
Leah’s Journey to Nursing
Leah has a history of being in and out of the hospital.
She has had ongoing problems with her hip from a young age and is currently waiting for a full hip replacement.
She had already undergone four hip operations. Witnessing the kindness and care of the nurses during her hospital visits, Leah knew she wanted to become a nurse someday.
Initially, she applied to go into nursing while in sixth form but withdrew, doubting her abilities.
She pursued another degree in sports coaching and nutrition with the intention of becoming a PE teacher.
However, she couldn’t deny her true passion for nursing and decided to apply again, successfully this time.
Working on the Orthopaedic, Trauma, and Surgical Ward
Leah now works on the orthopaedic, trauma, and surgical ward at Bronglais Hospital.
She describes her workplace as intense and busy due to the unpredictable nature of the cases that come through the doors.
The ward handles a wide variety of patients, including those who are acutely ill.
Leah finds fulfillment in helping people and being part of their journey towards recovery.
Joining the Docu-Series
Leah’s participation in the BBC Three series “Rookie Nurses” came about only three months after she started working at the hospital.
Despite the added pressure of being newly qualified and having cameras around, she embraced the opportunity.
Initially, she thought it was a joke when she received a phone call about her application for the show.
Leah appreciated the chance to showcase the reality of nursing and the challenges nurses face.
Growing Attached to Patients and Advocating for Welsh-Speakers
Leah admits that she grows attached to her patients, often forming strong relationships with them and their families.
She finds it difficult when something tragic happens, such as the passing of a patient.
As a Welsh-speaker, Leah uses her language skills to comfort patients who are more comfortable communicating in Welsh.
She relays important information from doctors to elderly patients who have difficulty understanding English.
This language support makes patients feel more at home and strengthens the quality of care she provides.
Reactions to the Series
Leah’s family and friends are proud of her participation in “Rookie Nurses.”
Watching the series allowed them to gain a better understanding of Leah’s work and the challenges she faces daily.
They now comprehend why she sometimes comes home mentally and physically drained.
The response to the show within Bronglais Hospital has been incredible, and Leah has experienced newfound fame among her colleagues.
She appreciates the recognition and the opportunity to share the realities of her profession.
The Future of “Rookie Nurses”
“Rookie Nurses” is available to watch on BBC iPlayer, and the series will continue airing on BBC Three.
The next episode will be broadcasted on Wednesday, May 24, at 9 PM.