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Stacy Humphrey

Sunderland, UK

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice

Prior to studying BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice at Sunderland, Stacy Humphrey was working as a lifeguard and a swimming teacher. She knew she wanted to go into the healthcare profession and once she attended the Open Day and talked to the lecturers, she knew that a career in nursing was for her. Stacy is currently working in Accident and Emergency (A&E) at South Tyneside District Hospital.

I attended an Open Day at the University and found the lecturers very approachable and the atmosphere very welcoming. I was taken on a tour of the facilities such as the Living Lab which was exceptional.

The best aspect of the course is 50/50 split between placements and university. It's great that I am able to apply what I've learned at the University into clinical practice. 

One of the best aspects of the course is simulation as well. It's great to use the facilities that the University have such as working on the wards and in the immersive suite. We do interprofessional learning with the paramedics and recreate an A&E in one of the wards, receiving handovers and patients from the paramedic students. These increases our confidence prior to going into clinical practice and allows us to practice in a safe environment."

Stacy has recently graduated and is starting her professional life in Accident and Emergency (A&E) at South Tyneside District Hospital at a watershed time in NHS history. Despite the scale of the challenge that awaits her, she believes she is ready, and is determined to play her part.

"I know it will be a challenging time but the ethos remains the same – caring and supporting those who most need our help. I’m lucky in that I have a huge support network around me; from my family to the lecturers at the University. I know things will be on a much bigger scale than I expected but, at the end of the day, we are there to care for those most in need. That’s the profession I’ve chosen.”

Published 8 April 2020

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