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Rachael Gallagher

Hartlepool, UK

BSc (Hons) Children's and Young People's Nursing Practice

Having dreamed of a career in nursing for a long time, after having her two children, Rachael Gallagher knew that children’s nursing was the area she wanted to specialise in. She joined the BSc (Hons) Children’s and Young People’s Nursing Practice course and has really enjoyed making the most of the facilities during practical sessions. She hopes to fulfil her dream of becoming a health visitor in the future.

Before coming to university, I was working in retail and looking after my two children, so studying for a nursing degree has been a massive change for me, but something I’ve wanted to do for such a long time. It was after having my children that I decided children’s nursing was right for me, so once they were a little older, I decided to do an Access course at college, then apply for university.

I chose to study for the BSc (Hons) Children’s and Young People’s Nursing Practice degree at Sunderland because I really liked the look of the facilities, especially the children’s ward, which gives us an opportunity to practise essential nursing skills. I also liked the structure of the course, which allows you to complete the theory and placement blocks separately, helping me focus better. I was thrilled to be accepted onto the course – the interview process was fantastic, as I was made to feel at ease and could take my time to explain why I thought I was a great choice of student.

One of my favourite parts of the nursing course has got to be the lecturers who are incredibly lovely; they’re just like friends and make me feel at ease. I also love the practical lessons – getting hands-on and learning those practical skills excites me!

I came onto this course with the hope of becoming a health visitor and that’s still something I want to pursue in the future. I’ve enjoyed and learnt so much from each placement, so I think I’d like to work in a hospital first, preferably in a neonatal ward so I can work with babies.

If you’re considering the University of Sunderland, I’d definitely recommend coming to have a look around on an Open Day if you can so that you can see all the amazing facilities for yourself, as well as speak to the staff who’ll be able to answer any questions you might have. It’s been a life-changing experience for me, which I’m so grateful for. Studying for my degree has helped me get a step closer to reaching my dream career and I’ve gained lifelong friends along the way.”

Published 16 January 2024

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