“After working for over 15 years for my previous employer, I decided it was time for a complete change in career. I had always considered nursing but thought I may not have the right qualifications to gain entry into a university. Having not studied for over 20 years it was a daunting prospect. I phoned the University of Greenwich to enquire about the nursing programme. They advised me there was an Open Day that week. I attended and was surprised to find that my qualifications were enough to apply for the programme direct. I gained my place on the adult nursing programme and two years on, I’m still enjoying my new life as a student nurse. The programme is demanding but also very rewarding.”
“When I first started applying to universities, I was unsure as to which I should go to, but the University of Greenwich’s reputation for producing outstanding nurses set it apart from the others. I am very proud to be a University of Greenwich student nurse and couldn’t thank them enough for supporting and guiding me through the last three years in which I undertook a children’s nursing degree. My programme presented many challenges, but many more positive experiences and opportunities and has set me up for my future career.
The wonderful lecturers and staff at the University of Greenwich have supported me through this emotional roller-coaster and were everything I could have asked for. I have taken full advantage of all the social outlets and activities that are set up for students and have made some lifelong friends.”
“Since the age of 14 I have had an interest in learning disabilities. Prior to beginning my studies, I took part in voluntary work with children and also worked in various care settings. And so, I was very excited to discover I was eligible to apply for the nursing diploma at the University of Greenwich.
Once enrolled on the programme, I really enjoyed the balance between practical and theory work. The placements I have completed gave me a wide variety of experiences and moments that I will remember throughout my future career. As well as this, the theory work encourages me to improve and enhance my academic ability. In my final year, I transferred onto the degree course.
The lecturers, in particular those within the learning disability branch, have provided me with a great support network. Whether I need guidance with an assignment, or support with challenges in placement, I have always felt that there is someone ready to listen.
Another positive aspect of my study is the many new friends I have made. I found that making friends within the nursing cohort has really improved my ability in practice. The opportunity to share and reflect on our experiences has enabled us to learn from and support each other. I feel this has helped to enhance my ability to work with those in my care. I am looking forward to being able to say I am a qualified nurse.”
“Leaving home to start my journey to becoming a mental health nurse at the University of Greenwich was probably one of the hardest decisions of my life, and one that I will never regret. Young and naive, I honestly expected that training to become a nurse would be a lot easier than it was, and trust me, it wasn’t easy!
Being young, the first year was certainly one of the most challenging periods of my life and the most significant. Living away from home tested my ability to do everything from the smallest of tasks, such as doing my own laundry without running colours, to better managing my finances.
Academically, the first year was daunting; however the support from peers and lecturers was absolutely brilliant. Furthermore, the library resources provided by the university were incredible, including one-to-one guidance by library staff which helped me to use the available resources to the maximum.
Placements were the best part of the programme. They started in the first year and continued throughout the three years alternating with theory teaching at university. Placements allowed me to put theory into practice and develop my understanding of mental health. The support and guidance from my placement mentors, and patients, was great.
After passing my first year, and being equipped with some experience and new skills, everything started to come together and my confidence started to grow. The second and third years demanded more of my time, and required more knowledge and skills development, but the foundations from the first year equipped me well enough to manage.
My experience at the University of Greenwich has been life-changing. Not only have I bagged myself an amazing career dedicated to helping others, I’ve been fortunate to have met some incredible people too.”
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