Graduating from the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme marks the completion of your successful journey. You and your family nurse will have worked together through your pregnancy, your child's development and identified your future goals and aspirations.
When will I graduate?
Your family nurse will work with you and your child until their second birthday, and you’ll start discussing graduation when your child is around 18 months old. At this time you will begin to discuss your goals for the future, look at what you’ve already achieved and identify any final needs for you and your child. Depending on your circumstances, this could be: interview techniques for jobs you may wish to apply for; new skills you would like to learn; or finding out about education courses in your area.
A month before graduating, together with your nurse you will prepare a ‘Your strengths and your achievements’ testimonial highlighting your successes throughout your time with FNP. It's an opportunity to look back and talk about your journey and how you have grown as a parent and an individual. Your nurse will add her thoughts and reflections to this, leaving you with a written record of your achievements.
This can be one of the hardest parts of the programme as you will have developed a very strong bond with your family nurse over two and a half years. Saying goodbye is a very important milestone within the programme and should leave you feeling happy and confident for the next chapter in your life. Your family nurse will ask you how you would like to celebrate your goodbye in a special and meaningful way, this could include: a trip to the park; tea and cake; or an activity special to you, your child and your family nurse.
Many clients choose to stay in touch with the local team, getting involved with celebratory events, days out or being part of an interview panel for future family nurse recruitment.
You will have a good idea of your own goals and what you would like to achieve following graduation - maybe you want to go to college, start a new career, take an apprenticeship?
If you would like to see what some of our other graduates are doing you can read their blogs here.
We love hearing about what are clients are doing now, if you're an FNP graduate and would like to get in touch, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org