Amanda is following her dream of becoming a nurse.
For anyone with an interest in nursing, Teesside has really good facilities and a good variety of placements to gain a wide range of experiences.
I decided to go to university because nursing is something I wanted to do when I was younger, but my life went in a different direction. I’ve spent the last 14 years working with children as a teaching assistant and I wanted to care for them when they were feeling most vulnerable. I chose Teesside because, as a mature student with children and a home to run I needed to be close to home. After visiting a couple of universities in the area, I liked the feeling that I got from Teesside, and that the campus is in one central town location.
I enjoy being on placement and putting the theory I’ve learned into practice. All my placements have been fairly close to home which is good for travel. I’ve always been made to feel welcome and part of the team.
I’ve enjoyed the modules focused around health promotion, which highlight the importance of preventing ill health.
I like that the campus is all in one central location, you’re never far away from any of the facilities. The library is great, it has all the resources needed for studying, subject specific advisors and bookable spaces for collaborative work, which are really useful for group working. I have also made good use of the gym and fitness classes.
I became a student ambassador at the beginning of my second year. This has given me the opportunity to get out into the local community to talk about higher education, I’ve also helped out during university open days, showing people around and answering questions.
I’ve recently joined the bank team in my local NHS trust as a health care assistant. This has been a great, flexible way to earn extra money and also put some of the theory I’ve learnt into practice. I’m learning important skills that will help me in my future career.
I didn’t have any healthcare experience, so I’m constantly learning in university and on placement. When I qualify as a nurse I’ll still be learning, however, the fundamental skills I’ve developed will stay with me throughout my career. I’ve enjoyed every aspect of children’s nursing. I like working on the wards looking after children, young people and babies, but I also enjoy working in the community alongside health visitors too.
Yes. I’ve had lots of support from the university and as a mature student I don’t feel out of place at all. For anyone with an interest in nursing, Teesside has really good facilities and a good variety of placements to gain a wide range of experiences. It’s never too late to follow your dreams. If I can do it in my late 40s anyone can. Teesside will welcome you with open arms and give you all the support you need. It takes hard work and commitment, but I feel this time has been an investment in myself that will be worth it when I’m working as a qualified children’s nurse.