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Carley Kane

Carley's postive experience at Teesside has inspired her to keep learning

Carley Kane

Nursing Associate FDSC

I have enjoyed the whole experience, and grown both professionally and personally and felt engaged with every element of the course.

Tell us why you decided to come to Teesside University?

I was caring for patients as a health care assistant and I knew I wanted to pursue a career in nursing. I get so much joy from helping and caring for people, and acquiring new practical skills with academic knowledge - so it was a dream come true for me.

I have always had a passion for caring for others. I knew the time was right to develop, I have the best management I could ask for and was supported fully with my development plan.

What do you like most about your course?

I have enjoyed the whole experience, and grown both professionally and personally and felt engaged with every element of the course. I have had brilliant opportunities that have helped me flourish, and enjoyed the mix of practical and theory sessions. I have enjoyed reading interesting nursing literature and looking at the history of nursing and how it has developed. The Anatomy and Pathophysiology sessions were always fun and so interesting. The support, advice and encouragement from the lecturers has been outstanding, they have made the journey the best it can be.

What do you think about the campus and the services offered?

I think the services are great and there are lots of opportunities to seek advice and support. The library is fantastic and the staff are always very welcoming and friendly.

Have you worked on any projects or been on a placement?

I have been involved with the Nursing Now campaign where I attended two events: The Chief Nursing Officer for England’s Summit 2019 and The Transformation Trust Rock Assembly - an event at Wembley to encourage young people into nursing.

Do you have a job or do any volunteering during your studies?

I work full time as a Trainee Nursing Associate. I am also a Patient Safety Champion, I’m part of the change team and I attend Civility Saves Lives meetings.
At university I enjoy being the course rep for my cohort. I love seeing the cohort develop and helping other students. I enjoy introducing the new intakes as I remember how it feels to be new. I love seeing the excitement in the room and telling new students how fantastic their learning experience can be. It’s an amazing opportunity and has helped me gain confidence, especially in public speaking.

What skills/experience have you gained at Teesside that you feel will help you in your chosen career?

I have gained academic knowledge and how to write academically, and confidence and practical skills that are all essential in practice. The experience has been so positive and has inspired me to keep learning and progressing. I hope to do the nursing apprenticeship through Teesside, my dream is to become a nurse consultant in the future. I hope to give patients the best care and an enriched patient experience.

Would you recommend Teesside University and your course?

Yes - the lecturers have been outstanding, so passionate about nursing and so engaging with students. I would always encourage people to consider doing the nursing associate course especially if they wish to progress. I always say believe in yourself, treat others well, be kind to yourself, have fun with it and embrace all learning opportunities.