Rob came to Teesside University as a mature student.
I worked as a Specialist Teaching Assistant in a special school for six years prior to starting Nursing. I was wanting to do more with my career and wanted to study something which would give me a vocational qualification where I could progress within the job. I chose Nursing for lots of reasons. I have always been passionate about caring for others, I have lots of experience of working and volunteering with children with special needs and have got a lot of enjoyment out of that, and I felt I could bring that experience and knowledge into the Nursing field whilst learning a new profession. I chose Teesside as it is my home town, but also it has a very good reputation, especially for Nursing. Since starting the course I have only heard good things about people’s opinions of Teesside.
There’s lots to enjoy about the course. It’s 50:50 theory to practice and that makes it a nice balance. The theory is interesting and encompasses practical elements in a controlled environment which gives you the skills and confidence to work out in practice. I’m interested in Anatomy and Physiology, but the best module has to be the practical side, getting out and working with patients and health professionals.
I have done several placements in the local hospitals and community and they have been fantastic experience. Obviously, having James Cook University Hospital on your doorstep is pretty impressive, it’s one of the biggest hospitals in Europe and has various specialist centres within it which is great for learning experiences.
I have been involved with the Nursing Buddy system which has really helped me to build my confidence and to help others. It is a supportive group of nursing students who help fellow students and help out at University Open Days, Enrolment days and other public activities.