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Emma Krieger

Sunderland, UK

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


For Emma university was always on the cards but having children and starting a family put that dream on hold. Now at the age of 40, Emma felt it was the perfect time to return to education and fulfil her ambition of becoming a nurse.

University is always something I have aimed for, however, I have three children who are all 7 years apart. I feel at the age of 40 this is the perfect time for me to come to university as I have lots of life skills I can now offer, I’m stable in my life with all my children either at school or at work and I now have the time that it takes to commit to a nursing degree.

I chose to study at the University of Sunderland because I live locally and, as a parent, it was more convenient for me because I didn’t want it to affect my children’s lives too much.

Initially I applied to study mental health nursing and was accepted at several universities. However, this was the first year Sunderland ran the Children’s and Young People’s Nursing degree, and I felt much more suited to that as it’s where my heart lies.

My favourite part of the degree is the hands-on skills we learn; the practical experience we have not only in the University’s state-of-the-art simulation facilities, but also on placement really helps to cement the course’s academic teaching.

The University of Sunderland is the best choice for me, the staff and academics are always on hand to support you through your studies. The facilities, simulation suites and mock wards also help to underpin your knowledge. It’s a university that really cares about its students.

My future aims are to work as a qualified Children’s Nurse in an acute setting, this is where I have enjoyed my time on placement.

My University experience so far has been amazing. As a mature student, I was apprehensive about starting, but my age is never an issue within my cohort or within the University. I am also a class representative and I use my skills as a mature student in order to shape our course for the future years. The academic staff are amazing, and as this is a new course at the University, everything has run smoothly. The lecturers really care; they support you through the highs and lows. Studying a degree, not to mention a nursing degree, is not easy and at times we face challenges, the lecturers support and guide you through this and encourage you to grow, I feel that the staff see our potential when sometimes we don’t."

Published 6 June 2022

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