Having joined the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corp in February 2001 at the age of 19, Tammy went on to study for her BSc in Adult Nursing and on gaining promotion to Cpl., Tammy had various postings culminating in a seven month tour of Iraq in 2005. Whilst stationed in Almatharna Tammy was responsible for undertaking primary care duties as a nurse to the two battle groups stationed there, as well as providing education and training as a health professional primarily to women in the local community. In March 2006, Tammy’s camp came under attack and she sustained injuries to both ankles and left shoulder.
Following several years of operations and rehab to her ankles and other lower limb injuries sustained Tammy will be medically discharged from the Army on 30th Jan 2013. During assessment leading up to her medical discharge, Tammy identified a ‘practice manager’ as her ideal career path. Through this, she established that she could fully use her previously gained medical knowledge and qualifications, although she recognised a need to obtain further qualifications. She was proactive in reaching out for appropriate funding and organising necessary work placement and we were able to provide funding of £2,266 towards course fees.
Although there was an initial feeling of distress with regards to leaving the military, the support of WWTW has enabled Tammy to return to university in Wrexham where she is studying a post graduate diploma in Community Specialist Practice (General Practice Nursing).
Tammy commented: “I am being supported by my local GP surgery in Wallasey as the course requires practical work as well as theory. The financial support provided by Walking With The Wounded through their First Steps program has enabled me to rebuild my life and nursing career away from the military and helped me to achieve the goals and challenges that I have had to revise since sustaining my injuries.”