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Jacqueline Jackson

Peterlee, UK

BSc (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing Practice


Jacqueline Jackson chose to study BSc (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing Practice because of the rewarding and varied career it offers. She chose to study at Sunderland as it is close to her home and she enjoyed the friendly atmosphere at an Open Day. After graduation she aims to work with children with profound and multiple learning disabilities in education or a respite setting.

I chose to study BSc (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing Practice because it’s an empathetic and compassionate role. You are not just a nurse, you specialise in all areas in order to be able to complete your job, which gives you variety every day. You are working with both children and adult patients with mild learning disabilities, to profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), and each person’s circumstances are individual. Doing the job and knowing you are helping people is very rewarding and makes you feel good at the end of a day’s work.

The reason I chose to study this course at Sunderland is because it was easy to get to from where I live, and when I visited an Open Day, everyone was really friendly. I had already had a look around other universities and found Sunderland to be the best place for me, and as they were just introducing Learning Disability Nursing, I enjoyed being part of the first cohort.

My student journey so far has been hard as I am a mature student and have had to learn how to learn all over again, but I have enjoyed the placements, working with the Patient, Carer and Public Involvement (PCPI) participants and receiving help and support from my tutors. My future career aim is to work with children with PMLD in education or a respite setting.

I feel privileged to be at Sunderland – I have learnt a lot of new things and I’m really enjoying it.”

Published 27 May 2020

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