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Beatrice Friebe

Beatrice wanted to make a difference to people's lives and now she is.

Beatrice Friebe

BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Learning Disabilities)

‘Teesside University provided me with the education and knowledge I needed to work in nursing.’

Why Teesside University?

One of my friends told me that Teesside was one of the best universities in the North and it is. I think I had the best education and knowledge I needed to work in nursing.

Why nursing studies?

I decided to study nursing to gain more knowledge and to further my career. At the time I was an electrician working in the mines in Zambia and also one of the main carers for my brother who is autistic.

Working with individuals with a learning disability has always been my passion, especially because of my brother. I wanted to do something that was challenging and interesting while making a difference to people’s daily lives.

My two favourite modules were decision making and promoting positive outcomes.

Tell us about the campus

The campus is beautiful and I enjoyed being there. The library services are amazing – there are plenty of staff on hand for help and support as well as a lot of student volunteers. And there are lots of shops and some great popular night clubs for student nights.

I frequently used the student support services and was given 100% support. I would highly recommend using them.

What are you doing now?

I am a staff nurse working in the treatment and assessment ward at Monkwearmouth Hospital in Sunderland. My daily tasks involve administering medication, care planning, liaising with healthcare providers and monitoring patient’s health and wellbeing.

The staff are very supportive, I have an amazing manager and a good team around me.

I love working there and am really enjoying my job. I love helping people and supporting families, it just feels good to make a difference.