After starting a nursing course at a different university, I soon realised that this wasn’t the place for me, and I missed my family back in the North East so much. Thankfully, I spotted that Sunderland was launching a new course – the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice – and I literally had one day to apply. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.
The last three years have been a whirlwind, especially my final year, but I’ve enjoyed every moment. I’ve been exposed to so many opportunities to develop my own skills, especially within leadership and management. I became President of the Nursing Society and a student rep for my first year, and I’ve even attended the Student Nursing Times Awards to support the University, which helped me gain confidence in speaking in front of an audience.
The facilities are amazing as well, and when you sit your exams, you work with real patients rather than manikins, so you feel much more comfortable being able to have a natural conversation. I would 100% recommend the University of Sunderland to anyone thinking of studying Nursing. I can’t fault it at all. I’ve always felt valued and there’s always support from staff if you need it, who are all experienced professionals within healthcare.
For as long as I can remember, I’d always been interested in becoming a surgical nurse, having looked up to nurses and the care they give people. Before I graduated, I secured a job within plastic and reconstruction surgery at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle. A lot of people had applied for this role and there was only one position, so I know how fortunate I was to have been offered the job. Becoming a surgical nurse is such an incredible opportunity. The confidence I gained from studying at Sunderland has been life changing.”
Published 30 May 2019