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Hayley Fairweather

Sunderland, UK

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice

After spending three months on the NHS frontline tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, Hayley Fairweather thoroughly deserved her First Class Honours in BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice. She graduated with her degree in March 2020 and began working as an Emergency Department staff nurse at South Tyneside District Hospital, just as the global pandemic began to grip the UK.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my university experience, more than I ever thought I would, and I've been lucky to make some amazing friends who made it even better. I am extremely proud of my grade.

As soon as I finished my course I began working as an Emergency Department staff nurse to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been a challenge, but a worthy one. I now plan to remain as a staff nurse within the Emergency Department to gain as much knowledge and experience in an acute setting as possible.

I would definitely recommend the course to others who wish to pursue a career in adult nursing; the lecturers, resources, and the University campus are second to none. It is a challenge but the rewards are much greater.”

Last year, Hayley took an Oath of Allegiance during a special ceremony on campus, the first student nurse to be attested by Major McDermott-Moses. The University has a longstanding relationship of mutual support with the Army’s Medical Services, and in particular, 251 Medical Squadron at Seaburn.

“It was such a proud day for me to take the Oath of Allegiance as I always had a big interest in the Armed Forces, but never previously had the guts to go and do it. But once I found out about the link between the University and 251 Medical Squadron, I signed up for the team-building days and it went from there. I would recommend any student to sign up as it’s great for building confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills.”

Published 1 September 2020

Hayley took an Oath of Allegience to become an Army Reserve Soldier with 251 Medical Squadron, with whom the University has a longstanding relationship of mutual support. 

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