Someone once told Sian that being a Mental Health Nurse is like being the beacon of light in someone’s darkness. Those words were the reason behind her motivation and passion to make a difference and become a Mental Health Nurse.
“Upon starting this degree programme my aim was to learn, develop and be challenged, but fundamentally – become a “Brilliant” Nurse by helping and caring for those at the heart of healthcare, the patients.
From attending the Open Days and reading course literature, I felt that the University of Northampton really did push and develop individuals to become professionals in their specific fields.
I found it reassuring and enlightening that many of the lecturers from the Faculty of Health and Society still worked in professional practice and collectively had vast amounts of experience. This is exactly wanted I wanted from a University – to be able to learn from respected, well experienced, inspiring people.
The course content provided an equal balance of both theoretical application and practice opportunities. This allowed me to learn clinical skills and knowledge that underpins evidence based practice. The experience of six placement areas over the three years helped me gain a real insight into various roles and services within the Mental Health field. This is any student’s opportunity to really grab the experience in both hands and learn as much as you can as a developing practitioner.
I am really enjoying being a Student Nurse at The University of Northampton – my experience so far has been truly inspiring. At times I have doubted myself, challenged my own thoughts and practices, questioned friendships, as well as my ability to time manage when you have a number of assignments to complete, attend practice placements and self-study. Occasionally the real reason why you want to become a Mental Health Nurse can get lost.. But when a patient smiles at you and says thank you for listening to their worries, you are reminded that you are that beacon of light”.