Racquel Ward, Nursing (Adult)
“I worked as a secretary in the NHS for many years, but I have always been a person who loves practical tasks and meeting different people. I therefore completed an access course alongside my full-time job and now I am following my dreams!” recalls Racquel Ward, an adult nursing student from Sheffield.
Here at the University of Sheffield, nursing students benefit from our unique ‘single-locality’ clinical placements programme, in which students gain practical experience of hospital, community and primary care services within a single geographic area. This helps our students to understand how local health services work together to care for their communities, and it was one of the key reasons why Racquel chose to study here.
“The local placement programme, giving me the opportunity to be in the same NHS trust for the duration of the course, was important when making my decision on where to study”, she explains. “The relatively small cohort size was also a factor, as this creates a nice community atmosphere on the course. I also received recommendations from others who have previously studied here in the Medical School and the School of Nursing and Midwifery.”
“The relationship between the cohort, lecturers and personal tutors is great, and provides a supportive and friendly environment. Plus, there are many other types of help available to support your academic abilities, such as librarians, online tutorials, academic tutors and more.”
“As a student who had never worked on a ward before starting this course, the University’s Clinical Skills Centre at Samuel Fox House is such a great facility”, she says. “To have an environment that is set up like a ward area where I am able to practice my skills and enhance my learning really prepares me for going in practice.”
Racquel hasn’t yet chosen her future career path, but is confident that her course is helping to prepare her for any eventuality. “I’m not sure what speciality of nursing I want to do as a future career, however given the opportunities to learn about the various specialities of nursing and by meeting various visiting lectures from different specialities, I feel sure that by the end of the course I will know where I can see myself.”
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