Nurse Rippon has a new surgery!
Since the beginning of 2019 we have been transforming part of School House to provide a fully functioning surgery where Nurse Kim Rippon can offer medical support and advice to pupils and staff. The surgery has a private waiting area, an examination bed, and an adjacent en suite isolation suite. Nurse Rippon can be found in the surgery every day during school hours.
We thought it would be nice for everyone to get to know a little bit about Nurse Rippon, and what made her decide to become a nurse…
Where do you live?
I live in a small village called Whittington 3 miles from Oswestry. It’s a really beautiful place to live as it has a castle, a pond and some resident swans.
How long have you lived there for?
I moved to Whittington 5 years ago.
Do you have a family?
Yes I do! I have one husband, one son (aged 13) and one daughter (aged 6)
Tell us about your education
I went to Welshpool High School and from there then went on to do an apprenticeship in business administration. Following that I trained as an accounting technician, but swiftly realised it wasn't for me. I decided to head to Staffordshire University and got my degree in Nursing. After working as a medical nurse in Shrewsbury Hospital for a few years I went on to get my Post Graduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing.
Tell us about your career to date (particularly about how you got into nursing)
I started my working life as a receptionist and then went on to work in accounts where I qualified as an accounting technician. Being off work on maternity leave gave me some time to reflect on what I wanted to do with my life and I thought about working as a nurse. I left my job and began working as a care assistant in a local nursing home (I wanted to see if I could do that kind of work before I applied to be a nurse). I absolutely loved it there and knew I had made the right decision. I applied to university and was successful on my first attempt. During my training I realised that this was the career for me, I loved everything about being a nurse and it seemed to come naturally to me (unlike accounting!)
Why did you decide on a career as a nurse?
Human biology, microbiology and virology had always fascinated me so I thought this would be the perfect career for me. I also like to talk (a lot) so I figured that I could chat away to patients and get paid for it!
What do you find rewarding about the job?
I like to helping people feel better. Even if one of my awful jokes makes someone smile for a brief second, I know I have helped even if it’s just momentarily.
What’s your least favourite thing to do as a nurse?
I don't like squeezing spots or boils (I actually fainted as a student nurse watching a doctor do that, which was very embarrassing!)
Tell us what you feel your greatest skill as a nurse is.
Making sure everyone participates in house cross country (I can spot a fake limp from a mile away!)
Do you have any advice for anyone going into nursing?
Get some experience in care work before applying, it will give you an idea of the kind of work you will do (particularly as a first year student nurse). The training takes over your life for 3 years, the hours are long but it is all well worth it. I love being a nurse and can’t imagine doing anything else!
What do you like most about working at Oswestry School?
I love the family atmosphere at Oswestry School. Everyone is friendly and we all look out for each other. I also love the diversity of my job, I never know what, or who, is going to come through the door!