Susan, BNurs (Hons) Children’s Nursing case study
Susan is now a newly qualified Band 5 Children's Nurse. "Originally I wanted to be an art student but when I worked as a health care worker for vulnerable adults and children I realised I simply wanted to help people. I was in care from the age of 9 and always knew I wanted to be more than a number. When I provided care for people that needed it the most, it made me feel like I could make a difference. When I started the nursing course at Wolverhampton University it was everything that I thought it would be. It made me develop not only as a professional but as a person. The course made me develop skills and gain a variety of knowledge that I feel has a set a foundation for my future development. I am currently a Staff Nurse on level 3 neonatal unit looking after babies with a wide variety of needs. I have also started a foundation course to further my knowledge in caring for neonates. I loved every moment at university, even the stress at times. Wolverhampton has taught me everything I need to establish myself in nursing."
Jessica Whitehouse, BNurs (Hons) Children’s Nursing case study
Jessica Whitehouse, a full-time BNurs (Hons) Children’s Nursing student was recommended the University of Wolverhampton by family. Living in Devon, but originally from the area, Jessica was impressed with how friendly Wolverhampton is, and pleased with the size of the campus.
Before starting her course, Jessica found the guidance of one of the student advisors invaluable. “I feel they are a great asset to the University – we’re so lucky to have access to them. She made me feel at ease and took the time to talk through what uni life and the course is like. I was worried about moving away from home and if I would cope and she told me she has an open door policy and I could go and chat to her at any time. They buddy people up who are in the same situation to help each other through tough times, plus she’s always there to answer any panic phonecalls/e-mails. I really felt valued and respected as a person as she understood how scary this was for me. I can’t thank her enough because I honestly don’t think I would have started the course without her help.”
“Before starting this course I was unsure how I would settle in, as I was moving such a long way away from home and leaving my boyfriend, friends and family behind. Within the first day I knew I had made the right choice, and now I don’t know why I even doubted coming. I love the course, my peers and the staff. I really feel that this University is focused on the students and making good nurses rather than just pressuring students to look good on paper (uni league tables).”
Jessica was impressed with the facilities on offer, and by the professional environment and treatment she received from day one, as well as the breadth of teaching styles. “The buildings are all clean and very up-to-date. The skills labs with the simulation wards are amazing! You really get a feel for how hospital wards are going to be set up and get to have a go at using the hoists and other specialist equipment.”
“I love the practical workshops, we all get to come in in uniform and are treated professionally. We get to test out our skills in a comfortable environment with help from our peers and teachers, and never feel stupid or like we are being judged. The teaching staff are always willing to go over something again with you. The lectures are really interesting and made to be fun with lots of different types of learning to suit all people such as reading, activities, interacting with the teachers, diagrams etc.”
“I’d definitely recommend the University of Wolverhampton to others! I really feel that this is a university that cares about the students, you are made to feel welcomed, valued and supported in all aspects. It has such a lovely atmosphere. The focus is on developing your academic skills and being independent learners, but you know there is lots of support if you need it and you can always ask for it. The facilities are excellent and our placement timetable looks like we get lots of opportunities to develop our skills and experience different aspects of University life.”