Tracey - Adult Nursing at Gloucester Campus

I wanted to stay in Gloucestershire and ultimately work here as this is where I have been brought up. I liked the idea of studying in an area that I’m familiar with, within the close knit surroundings of the education centre.

Since being on the course I have found the staff at the Gloucester Campus really good and very supportive. It’s a great atmosphere as you know everybody and so you can simply just walk into the office and immediately know who to speak to.

Why study at the Gloucester Campus?

Before coming to UWE Bristol I had previously worked as a Dental Nurse at Bristol Dental Hospital, and after two years of doing that I thought “Well what next?” Becoming an adult nurse had always been on my mind.

I wanted to stay in Gloucestershire and ultimately work here as this is where I have been brought up. I liked the idea of studying in an area that I’m familiar with, within the close knit surroundings of the education centre.

Since being on the course I have found the staff at the Gloucester Campus are really good and very supportive. It’s a great atmosphere as you know everybody and so you can simply just walk into the office and immediately know who to speak to.

Most of the classes are taught here at Gloucester. The clinical skills room, which is where we do practical exercises, is a good asset to have because it’s like walking in to a hospital ward. It is nice that we have also got our own computer suite here and the library is great. We are very proud of our centre.

The Placements

I think the best thing about the course is the placements. I think if you enjoy the classroom more than the placements then you should seriously look at whether you’re doing the right course.

I had a placement in intensive care which was good as I got to see a lot and my community placement was fantastic, that’s when I decided that’s what I wanted to do! The last placement I went on was in a Gynaecology Ward in Gloucester, excellent nursing care, really good mentorship, fantastic team, and they were very supportive. I think your placements are what you make them. If you work hard and you do that little bit extra then I think any placement can be good.

My advice

I have found the financial side quite hard and I probably deny myself an awful lot, but it’s the only way of managing my finances. I’d rather go without now than have huge debts afterwards.

My advice would be to students is if you’ve got any interest in doing nursing – just do it. But don’t think it is going to be easy no matter how much experience you’ve had or how many qualifications you have got.

The Future

At the moment I’m looking at jobs in the community, and I’ve already sent some letters off because there are a lot of jobs advertised around my area for community nurses. UWE Bristol provide a timetable of when we should start looking for jobs and we will also be having some tutorial sessions with people from the NHS, who will be coming in to talk to us about interviews.

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