Chloe has already secured a job as a learning disability nurse for when she graduates.
'My course is very intense - but the lecturers for this subject are amazing and really support you.'
I was always interested in working in the field of learning disabilities and a work placement in college helped me confirm this really was the area I wanted to go into. I heard about Teesside University through college and it was ideal as I wanted to stay at home while studying.
My course is very intense – but the lecturers for this subject are amazing and really support you. My favourite modules are the skills based modules because they involve hands-on activities that teach you the practical skills you need to be a nurse.
There is so much help and support available from the University. The support staff at the library help by reading through my assignments – they can suggest any changes before I submit my work. There are also a lot of clubs, societies and groups to get involved with at the University.
As part of my course, I complete various work placements to put my skills into practice. During placements, I work full-time, 37.5 hours per week. I’ve been able to work across all areas of nursing, including the learning disabilities community team, respiratory, children’s outpatients, respite care, psychosis team, surgical ward and more.
My work involves supporting a case load of patients, implementing care and taking part in the care planning process. I have ran meetings with the multidisciplinary team, administered medication, and been involved in home visits and running clinics.
I would recommend my course and the University – it’s great. I would love to see more people becoming interested in learning disabilities in the future. The course has prepared me for a career in nursing and shown me how I can progress even further once I’m qualified. I have already secured a job as a learning disability nurse for when I complete my course.