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Mariel Miranda

I have been a qualified nurse for 18 months now. I have been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to take on a Band 6 Junior Sister role, which entails taking on more responsibilities and acting as a leader on the ward. Going to college significantly improved my confidence. It can be daunting managing a team who are older and have been qualified for longer than I have, so being confident in myself has helped me to adjust and settle into my role faster.

"Being a junior sister entails taking on more responsibilities and acting as a leader on the ward. Not only do I co-ordinate on the ward, but I also provide support and guidance to junior members of staff. This means completing annual appraisals and ensuring my team is up to date with all their training and identifying personal development plans to further their learning.

I enjoy the challenges that come with being a junior sister. I am continuously developing my leadership skills and becoming more confident in resolving challenging situations.

I have always wanted to be a nurse and I felt that college was the better path for me to take. I was able to have work experience in caring for people and the modules we studied was relevant to the career I wanted to pursue."