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Hayley Fairweather

Sunderland, UK

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice


After spending three months on the NHS frontline tackling Covid-19, nurse Hayley Fairweather thoroughly deserved the First Class Honours she achieved as she graduated in the summer of 2020. After finishing her Adult Nursing Practice degree in March 2020, Hayley began working as an Emergency Department staff nurse at South Tyneside District Hospital, just as the coronavirus pandemic began to grip the UK.

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

As soon as I finished my course I began working as an Emergency Department staff nurse to assist with the 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, 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-up 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, 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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