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Natalie Crosby

Houghton-Le-Spring

MNurse (Adult)


Natalie Crosby graduated from BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care in 2014 and worked in multiple care-related jobs, working her way up the ladder to more senior positions, but felt she wasn’t exactly where she wanted to be. She had always been interested in Nursing and when she came across the MNurse course at Sunderland, she knew that this was the course for her.

I have been a care worker for a number of years, as well as a team leader and a support worker for people with all types of different healthcare needs. I felt I wanted to progress and have thought about becoming a nurse for several years, so I decided to go into Adult Nursing as I have more experience in this area. I knew that if I wanted to progress into another area I could gain extra qualifications.

I studied BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care at the University of Sunderland, graduating in 2014, and really enjoyed it. I was able to climb higher in the care sector and become a senior member of staff leading a care team, but still felt I was not where I wanted to be. This was the reason for me returning to university to study the MNurse course. You need a lot of hours of academic work and hours of care experience to get onto the course – luckily I gained my academic hours from my previous degree and my care experience from my previous jobs working in care homes and in the community. When I found out about the funding available to study the course, this gave me the opportunity to focus on the course full-time and not worry about an income.

I really enjoy the hands-on parts of the course – going on campus and taking part in practical sessions helps me to learn. I am really looking forward to my placements so I can feel more involved in people’s care and gain the experienced required.

If I was going to give any advice to prospective students looking to study this course at Sunderland I would say, go for it! It’s the best thing I ever did. Make sure you do your research so you know it's the course for you. I am loving every minute of it.”

Published 3 November 2020

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