Kat's placements have helped her decide her next move.
'I’ve developed a keen interest in emergency care nursing and want to pursue a role within accident and emergency, emergency assessment or trauma setting.'
Before I started University, I was working as a healthcare assistant, but had ambitions to develop my career as a healthcare professional. To reach my goal of becoming a registered nurse, this course was essential.
I’ve been able to take advantage of a variety of placement opportunities as part of my course. I have found my placements to be diverse and challenging, which has really helped my development. The theory and practical sessions are excellent and are facilitated by dedicated academic staff. There is also a great sense of comradery amongst the nursing student cohort.
The campus has undergone some great changes since I started. The University’s newest teaching and learning building, The Curve is modern and visually impressive – I enjoy having classes in here. The library also has a modern interior, and it’s a useful study space, particularly for group projects. The Students’ Union meets a wealth of student needs whilst providing an area for people to relax and de-stress, and it offers a good variety of food and drinks to suit everyone’s tastes.
I worked as a member of the buddy peer-mentoring scheme in the School of Health & Social Care. I helped with open days, welcomed new cohorts at their inductions and spoke to other students throughout the programme. This developed my confidence in public speaking and as a nursing student in general. I also gained a sense of satisfaction from helping others on the nursing programmes.
Thanks to my placements, I’ve developed a keen interest in emergency care nursing and want to pursue a role within accident and emergency, emergency assessment or trauma setting. I hope to develop my practical skills further and, after gaining experience, I’d like to return to higher education. I would love to study clinical skills assessment and nurse prescribing or undertake a master’s degree.
I feel this course has developed my knowledge and skills to a high level and will allow me to be successful as a newly qualified nurse. I have gained the theoretical and clinical experience, knowledge and confidence to pursue my career ambitions. I would definitely recommend Teesside University to others as it has excellent facilities and support from all staff.