Why did you choose nursing?
I always wanted to be a teacher until my A-Levels. It was part of our enrichment that we had to gain work experience so I thought I'd volunteer in a hospital.
I volunteered for a week in the pediatric ward at Huddersfield Hospital. At first I had reservations, but I thought just go for it. As soon as I stepped onto the ward I absolutely loved it and wondered why I'd not thought of doing child nursing sooner.
Now I can't imagine myself doing anything else, I've never looked back.
Why was the University of Bradford right for you?
I'd been up and down the country looking at different universities. Everywhere I visited I didn’t feel like I belonged there, until I came to Bradford.
I also liked the demographic and the diverse cultures here in Bradford. It was also a chance to gain some specialist skills and experience.
How have the practical rooms helped you with your learning?
Learning in a safe environment gives you confidence to go out and care for patients. It also really helps to embed your knowledge.
For example, when giving an injection or passing a feeding tube, it's better to have the theory and practical element practiced on a manikin first. That way, you know what you're doing before you do it in real life.
Also, lectures are still heavily involved with the hospital. Which means they know what the new techniques are - so you are getting the most up to date teaching.
Tell us about your experience as a student nurse
You have to be prepared to work a 37.5 hour week, even when you're in uni - that’s what you do as a student nurse. But I think it's better to do it from the start as a student. Otherwise you'd have a real shock to your system when you're qualified working as a nurse.
I've loved my placements. I've worked on neonatal units, surgical and medical wards and I've also experienced school nursing and health visiting.
It's helped me gain a well-rounded experience of all elements of care from the hospital to home visits. I feel like I have the skills and experience to help all areas.
For you, what's been the best thing about studying at Bradford?
The support I've had from the tutors has been absolutely amazing, I can't fault it. When we're out on placement there's a specialist team to help you with anything. They come visit you, so you never feel left alone or overwhelmed.
I've particularly enjoyed working at the Bradford Royal Infirmary. It’s a teaching hospital so there's lots of Student Nurses and Doctors to get to know.
What advice would you give to someone coming to study at Bradford?
Come in with an open mind and don’t turn down any opportunities that you get offered! I've had the opportunity to attend the Nursing Times Awards and Student Nursing Times Awards in London.
I was invited to attend the Nursing Times Award because I was part of a collaboration between the University and the research Nurses at Bradford Teaching Hospitals. They’ve created a programme to help embed nursing research within training and I was the student advocate for it.