Blog: Global Nursing Opportunities & Simulation Week

Current Nursing student, Claudia, shares her story of why she wanted to become a Nurse, the fantastic financial and global opportunities the course has provided and even how she took part in teaching sessions.

Claudia Sollitt (Nursing Student new)
Claudia Sollitt (Nursing Student)

Working in care before university helped reiterate my ambitions and dreams of becoming a nurse and receiving an offer from the University of Sheffield is something I will always treasure. As the only person in my family to have gone to university, this was a huge achievement. I live in Sheffield, but the university wasn’t chosen out of convenience; I appreciated the small cohorts the course offered, allowing more support in lectures and lecturers knowing you on a personal level. I have also made some great friends on this course, and I know we will be friends for a very long time! 

As I live by myself, financial concerns were always going to play a part in my journey. However, the University of Sheffield provides financial support and scholarship offers, which I was lucky enough to receive. Receiving a Global Scholarship gives you the opportunity to learn and work in a different country, with students from all over the world and I was able to take part in a course lead by the Netherlands in ‘’depression management and suicide prevention’’. Even though I am studying Adult Nursing, mental health is something I am very passionate about. I show this compassion on every ward I work in and everyday life. I also had the chance to teach a group of second year Nursing students about this subject, which I discovered to be very rewarding. 

There are always opportunities to become involved with teaching and assisting the tutors here at the University of Sheffield. I took part in a simulation week for the first-year students, which involved helping the tutors create a teaching plan which would work for the new students. Being a third-year student, I could use my own experiences about what I would have found helpful during that time. I took part in teaching these sessions at Samuel Fox House, and felt I really made a difference. I have been asked to return when I am qualified to assist more with these teaching sessions. There are so many opportunities here at the University to become involved in and I would recommend everyone to participate if they can. 

On the Adult Nursing course, the theory and practical are split 50/50, which I feel is great. Clinical skills sessions at Samuel Fox House really prepare you for your placements on the ward. I felt I struggled with the academic side at the start of the course, however the 301 Academic Skills Centre really helps you work with any skills you feel need improving. I had been out of education for nearly 10 years, so these sessions really helped me excel as a student in my academic writing. 

The localised placement programme gave me a variety of placements in different areas in Sheffield Trusts. It opens your eyes and gives you experience in different fields and specialities. I was placed on a cardio-thoracic surgical placement in my second year and, in my first week, I knew it was somewhere I belonged. I now have been offered a position for when I qualify. 

The University of Sheffield has helped me to achieve my dreams and, in September, I will be an official staff nurse specialising in cardio-thoracic surgical nursing, and I couldn’t be happier.

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