Luke Pybus, from Somerset, is a newly qualified Mental Health Nurse for Cwm Taf University Health Board in South Wales. After graduating with a degree in Film Studies, Luke decided to change his career path and in 2012, retrained as a nurse. He was later named “runner up” for the ‘Student Nurse of the Year 2017’ award. Luke explains:
“I moved to Wales from South West England 10 years ago to study for a degree in Film Studies. I loved studying and living in Cardiff, but I struggled to find a career that I was passionate about following my graduation. I decided to change my career path entirely and retrain as a Mental Health Nurse at the University of South Wales.
“I’ve been in my role as a Mental Health Nurse since October 2016, but I’m already extremely settled and am delighted that I made the career move. I’m kept on my toes every day, but the daily challenges make the job so rewarding. Throughout my nursing degree programme I’ve been well supported by my peers, mentors and lecturers, and this has continued since working at George Thomas Hospital. My hard work was definitely reflected when I was named “runner up” for the Royal College of Nursing Wales ‘Student Nurse of the Year 2017’ award. There are lots of opportunities to be recognised for your work in Wales.
“I’ve only been qualified for nine months but I can already see where my career could develop in the next few years – perhaps with a natural progression into a community based role. My preceptor has been very supportive and has helped me consolidate my education into practice. You are given so many opportunities to progress to higher bands in the hundreds of different nursing avenues in Wales which is fantastic.
“I would encourage newly qualified nurses to start their career in Wales; you would struggle to find a better quality of life anywhere else. With my wedding just around the corner, my lovely daughter and wonderful Cardiff home, I’m definitely here to stay!”