Before university, Lucy worked for the ambulance service, but wanted to spend more time with patients.
'I chose Teesside because when I attended for the interview I liked the environment. The process was organised and I didn’t feel under pressure – the staff were relaxed and supported me.'
I worked for the ambulance service, but I always felt I wanted to spend more time caring for and treating patients. I wanted to study nursing, but until now I was never really in a position to do so. At 27, I was looking towards the future and thought, ‘if I don’t do now I never will.’
I chose Teesside because when I attended for the interview I liked the environment. The process was organised and I didn’t feel under pressure – the staff were relaxed and supported me through the interview. I was also impressed with the equipment and facilities in the School – everything is modern. There are good resources available in the library and support on offer if you need it. On a whole I liked the atmosphere, and when researching further I had heard good feedback from other students and online reports.
The course is well-structured, and students are given the timetable and exam dates in advance, so this helps us to be fully prepared.
I really enjoy my course. The practical sessions aim to enhance your learning ready for placement. My favourite modules are Developing Decision-making in Adult Nursing Practice and Professional Nursing Practice. These modules relate most to care delivery, and they encourage you to think for yourself and what you would do in different circumstances. I also really enjoy my placements because I get so many different experiences.
Placements are great because I’ve been exposed to lots of different environments, from hospitals to community settings. Some students also choose to go to prisons or go abroad. My placements have all been really enjoyable and I have learnt a lot of new skills and competencies. The University helps with the theory and practical side, but it is nice to go on placement because you realise how much you have learnt whilst being at university.
The campus is really nice, clean and modern. There are lots of services on offer if you require additional support. I have received support from the library and the literacy fellows to help with assignments, and this has really benefited me.
At the moment I am almost halfway through my course, so there are still lots of placements for me to try, but once qualified I would like to go on to study a specialist field of nursing. At the moment I’m interested in stroke care or being in the community. But I also feel I would enjoy the variation of working in accident and emergency.