All the modules have prepared me for different aspects of the practice and placement module – and have been essential for my progression from a student to a newly qualified nurse.
I completed an Access course at a local college and Teesside was the recommended university because of its nursing credibility. I went to a couple of open days, met the tutors and knew it was the university and course for me. The tutors are all welcoming, open and approachable, and the course is varied and interesting.
I choose mental health nursing as I wanted to change the lives of people with mental health illness. At the time, I didn't realise the stigma attached to having a mental health illness. Now, after almost completing the course, I want to help people live a good life that isn't consumed by their illness.
I enjoyed the practice modules, as I learn best on the job. All the modules have prepared me for different aspects of the practice and placement module – and have been essential for my progression from a student to a newly qualified nurse.
I have completed a number of placements now in different areas of mental health nursing – all were varied and enjoyable, and I was supported by the University throughout.
I would give 10/10 for all the services offered on campus. The Library is a calm place to complete my work with spaces for groupwork and individual work, and plenty of books and resources.
Middlesbrough has everything I need in once place – shops, nightlife, cinema, restaurants, nice parks and walks. And good links to nearby cities with the train station within walking distance of the campus.
Teesside University has helped me develop my confidence above anything else. My tutors and peers have made me feel part of a community, and have all helped me though my course and beyond. I started University as someone who hadn’t stepped foot on a mental health ward – the skills I have gained have now brought me to a point where I have three job offers.
Once I become a newly qualified nurse, I would like to complete my preceptorship and possibly return to Teesside University to do a master’s degree.
I would recommend Teesside University as it is friendly and small – I didn't feel like one of many, I felt valued as a student – and yet it’s big enough to provide everything I need. Mental health nursing is a challenging course, but the modules have prepared me for everything that I’ve had to face. The tutors have supported me where I need it.
Be open minded and open to change, especially if you’re completing a health and social care course. It’s an ever-changing environment but the University will prepare you for this. Use the tutors and resources available. Say yes to opportunities and don't be afraid to try something new and get outside your comfort zone. Be organised and never give up.