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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. Just days after qualifying Stacy joined the front line in the battle against Coronavirus as Staff Nurse at South Shields Accident and Emergency.

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 was great being able to apply what I 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 the wards and the immersive suite. We did interprofessional learning with the paramedics and recreated an A&E in one of the wards, receiving handovers and patients from the paramedic students. This increased our confidence prior to going into clinical practice and allows us to practice in a safe environment."

Stacy has recently graduated and started her professional life in A&E at South Tyneside District Hospital at a watershed time in NHS history. 

“It has been a challenging time but the ethos remains the same – caring and supporting those who most need our help. We are there to care for those most in need. That’s the profession I’ve chosen. 

It has always been about making a difference. That’s what it comes down to. Nurses make a difference every day, it’s just that now there is more focus on them.”

Published 26 June 2020

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