Tell us about the course you’re studying and how it fits with your career aspirations?
Having worked in care for many years I felt that the pursuit of my career now as a mature student was the next step in my career goals.
What have been your biggest successes so far?
My ability to manage work, degree, placement and family. The ability to juggle this and with excellent feedback and grades has allowed me to feel much more confident about my academic and personal goals.
What were your main reasons for choosing this course?
I feel that I have the ability to move forward in my career, that I have a lot to offer in terms of experience and skills. Hopefully I can go on to become a excellent skilled nurse within the NHS.
Why did you choose to study the course at Derby?
Having attended many universities on open days and researching league tables, I felt that Derby has a lot to offer. It has an excellent reputation and student satisfaction.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study this course at the University of Derby?
That they wouldn’t be disappointed, it’s a wonderful diverse university. With excellent support in place to help with any difficulties that you may face.
Tell us about your international trip to Rotterdam.
How did this opportunity arise?
Initially it was open to anyone to apply. It was a easy application that required a supporting statement. I have a love of travelling and thought that this would be an excellent opportunity to combine my degree and travel.
What did you enjoy most about the trip?
The university helped to fund this fantastic opportunity for me to attend an international nursing trip to Rotterdam. I enjoyed working alongside a variety of international healthcare professionals in a breath-taking City, it allowed me to many memories that will last a lifetime!
How can you link experiences of the trip to your studies?
Educationally the trip was well planned and beneficial to my studies, it allowed me to achieve competencies that were mapped out in my OAR such as inter professional learning.
How might this experience help your future career aspirations & employability?
As a first-year mental health nursing student I feel my confidence, knowledge and skills have grown because of this trip. This trip is recorded now in my pebble pad, I will be able to use this as evidence in the future. I believe that it shows that I am an enthusiastic individual that is open to new and exciting opportunities. Internationally nursing is delivered in very different ways, I believe that we can learn and discover better ways to practice from each other. I hope that this experiences allows me to reflect my passion to continue to do this as I move on in my degree and career.