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"I am a final year student on the BSc (Hons) Nursing. I was born in Melbourne, Australia, but have lived in Edinburgh for around twelve years. It was never really my plan to settle in the UK, but this is where life has brought me. I love living in Scotland: it’s such a beautiful country."

Why did you choose to study nursing at QMU?

"Studying nursing was a career change which has proved to be an excellent choice. I have mainly worked in retail and was looking for a new, more satisfying challenge. Over the years I have worked as a farm hand, a youth hostel assistant, a ski lift operator, a supermarket cashier and even a rickshaw runner. Most of my previous jobs have been working with people and that’s an aspect of nursing I really enjoy.

"I came back to study as a mature student after about fifteen years out of formal education. I had studied at a tertiary level previously, but had never really taken full advantage of my qualifications, so was pleased to be studying something new. I’ve enjoyed the challenge using my brain again and learning new concepts."

What do you like most about studying at QMU?

"When I visited QMU for the interview process, I was impressed with the quality of the facilities and the staff I met, and I was keen to apply.

"I’ve enjoyed my nursing course so far and have learnt a lot. The best part is going out on clinical placement and working in a variety of settings. I’ve had a great range of hospital and community placements and worked with lots of great nurses and other healthcare professionals.

"Some of the experiences have been difficult and challenging, but it has certainly been a good part of my nursing education. The night shifts are a bit tough, but it’s part of the learning process."

Do you have any top tips?

"My top tip for anyone about to start at university is to stay organised and try to make a start on work as soon as possible. I like knowing when all of my deadlines are for the year so that I can have them in my mind and work towards them. Then I can try to have some time away from studying to spend with my family and friends. I think it’s important to maintain interests outside of university.

"I would certainly encourage people of any age who are considering a career in nursing to apply. It has been a positive move for me and I’m confident that I will have a good future career as a nurse. Doing some volunteering, perhaps on a ward or similar, is a good way to get a taste of nursing beforehand and will look good on an application. I’m not sure where I will end up working, but I’m sure it will be somewhere here in Scotland."

""I would certainly encourage people of any age who are considering a career in nursing to apply."
Gareth Pocock




Story published 2016-2017

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