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Kate Cranston

Kate studied adult nursing and now works in anaesthetics.

Kate  Cranston

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

In 2016 I won the Outstanding Student award for the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps from the Cavell Nursing Trust.

Why choose higher education?

I really wanted to make a difference to people’s lives. I was working as a healthcare assistant and team medic but wanted to advance my career. I enjoyed what I was doing so it made sense to continue my studies within health and social care.

I’ve always held the nursing profession in high regard. Working alongside military and NHS nursing practitioners developed my interest and ultimately inspired me to go on and study nursing. My military career prepared me for working under pressure and this was something I really enjoyed. Critical care nursing also requires working in pressurised scenarios so this was the field of nursing I was naturally drawn to.

Why Teesside University?

I studied my first degree at Teesside in sports therapy and really enjoyed it. The campus has had a total revamp and the library is outstanding – the staff are always happy to help.

What did you enjoy most?

Since being on the course and learning more about anatomy and physiology my enthusiasm has grown massively.

Clinical Decision Making was my favourite module – it was both challenging and rewarding.

The course taught me how to bring together knowledge, such as the patient’s condition, history, anatomy, physiology, medication, and my own perceptions of the individual, to make the best possible medical decision. This type of decision making is vital in my field and enabled me to actually become a nurse.

Tell us about your placements

I gained loads of experience while out on placement and made sure I was prepared by carrying out research into the type of ward I would be working in. This involved looking at the type of service user and their conditions, common medical tests and medications, along with equipment I would need to use.

What are you doing now?

Once I qualified I took a job in anaesthetics at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust – I love it.

I’m also in the Army Reserves, working in the intensive therapy unit. I still enjoy learning every day. I have completed preceptorship to support me in making the transition from being a student to developing my practice further. I’ve also completed a mentorship programme and courses in intermediate life support, advanced life support, and paediatrics intermediate life support.

In 2016 I won the Outstanding Student award for the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps from the Cavell Nursing Trust.