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Stacy Humphrey

Sunderland, UK

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice

Prior to studying BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice at Sunderland, Stacy Humphrey was working as a lifeguard and a swimming teacher. She knew she wanted to go into the healthcare profession and once she attended an Open Day and talked to the lecturers, she knew that a career in nursing was for her. Just days after qualifying, Stacy joined the front line in the battle against Covid-19 as a staff nurse at South Shields A&E.

I attended an Open Day at the University and found the lecturers really approachable and the atmosphere very welcoming. I was taken on a tour of the facilities, including the Living Lab which was exceptional.

In terms of the best aspects of the course, for me it's a 50/50 split between going out on placements and attending university. It was great being able to apply what I learned in lectures and seminars into my clinical practice. 

Another great thing about the course is the simulation. The University has some fantastic facilities for Nursing students, including mock wards and the immersive suite. We embraced inter-professional learning with the paramedics and recreated an A&E in one of the wards, receiving handovers and patients from the paramedic students. This increased our confidence prior to going into clinical practice and allowed us to learn in a safe environment.

Just days after I qualified, I got a job in the A&E department at South Tyneside District Hospital, joining the front line in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. It was a challenging time but the ethos remains the same – caring and supporting those who most need our help. That’s the profession I’ve chosen.

It has always been about making a difference. That’s what it comes down to. Nurses make a difference every day, it’s just that now there is more focus on them.”

Published 26 June 2020

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