Hometown: Livingston, Scotland

Year of Course: 4

 

About You

How did you come to choose this course and why QMU?

I knew I wanted to work in a profession where I could help others. When looking through prospectuses I came across Nursing and thought it would be a course I would enjoy and be good at. I chose QMU because the Nursing course had small class sizes so I felt that there would be good support from lecturers and also I would be able to get to know everyone on my course.  I also wanted to study the four year honours degree which wasn’t available at a lot of the other universities that offered nursing.

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

I chose Edinburgh because I wanted to study at QMU as I felt this was the best Nursing course.

Living Away from Home

What are the top three items that you packed that you wouldn’t be without?

  1. My laptop.
  2. Photographs/pictures from home.
  3. My Lothian bus card (not very exciting but the bus card saves a lot of money).

Life in Edinburgh

What’s the best experience you’ve had so far in Edinburgh? Are there any hidden ‘gems’ you’d like to share?

There is always something to do in Edinburgh: good nightlife for students and something for everyone – cinemas, pubs, clubs etc.

"The Nursing course at QMU is probably the best Nursing course in Edinburgh; the classes are small so you get to know everyone on your course really well and you always feel supported."
Gemma Fry

The Course

What’s been the highlight of the course so far? What have you learnt, or which particular activity has been the most interesting?

The highlight of Nursing for me is practical classes and clinical placements. You do two placements a year and you get to spend time on various different types of wards and in the community.  In practical classes you get to practice your skills on mannequins which makes you feel more prepared for placement.   

Any advice for students who might be interested in this course?

The Nursing course at QMU is probably the best Nursing course in Edinburgh. The classes are small so you get to know everyone on your course really well and you always feel supported. You get a better student experience because, unlike at other universities, you get the whole summer holiday off.  However, nursing is a lot of hard work and you have to genuinely want to be a nurse to do well in this course.

Any future plans after graduation?

After graduation I think I would like to study a postgraduate degree and I would like to travel.

Life as a Student at QMU

What’s your ‘top tip’ for making the most of being a student?

As a student it is important to socialise and to make as many friends as possible. Also make the most of your summer holidays: I spent a summer working at a camp in America and that was one of the best experiences of my life.  You need to be committed to the work but you also need to have fun and enjoy yourself.