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Verity Cox

Darlington, UK

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

Leaving a successful career in teaching to pursue nursing was a huge leap of faith for Verity, but something she describes as life changing and worthwhile.

Before coming to study nursing at the University I was a primary school teacher. I always wanted a meaningful career but never felt teaching fitted me, I wanted to become a nurse. Leaving teaching to pursue a career in nursing was a huge leap of faith but the best move I have ever made.

I knew I wanted to study at a modern university with strong links to local health services and good on-campus facilities. As a single parent, being able to commute from home was also essential. When I came along for my interview the staff at Sunderland were really friendly and knowledgeable with just about the right amount of toughness. That’s when I knew Sunderland was the place for me.

My favourite part of the course has to be the placements. I love the mentorship I receive and the fact that our lecturers at the University notice us – they see us when we’re stressed out, the praise us when we triumph – they know us!

The one piece of advice I would give to someone thinking about studying nursing is take it seriously! There is no place here for people who aren’t prepared to act professionally and work hard. However, if you do both of those things then in return you will get support, a community and professional experience.

After I graduate, I would love to work in an acute setting. I love the pace of hospital work and being at the forefront of medicine, but who knows, I’ve still got two more years of experience left. To sum up my time so far, I would say it’s been challenging, life changing and worthwhile.”

Published 6 June 2022

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