If you are caring and compassionate, but enjoy a challenge then nursing could be the perfect career for you. We caught up with Jon who is in his second year of studying adult nursing at the University of Stirling to find out about his experience so far.
Why did you choose to study Nursing at the University of Stirling?
I’d previously worked in a clinical role while working with the British military; when I left I still felt I wanted a role in healthcare and nursing was the most obvious choice.
I chose the University of Stirling for a few reasons – the award-winning course, the testimonies I’d heard from practicing nurses and of course the beautiful campus.
What do you like most about your course?
What I love about the adult nursing course is the variety of things I’ve learned – both in theory and on placement. I’m only in second year and I’ve already been part of so many new and enlightening experiences.
What challenges have you faced?
I’m fortunate to say that the University of Stirling really do help to support their students, so I’ve not encountered too many difficulties. I live around one hour’s drive away, so my commute isn’t too enjoyable, but I’m glad to say both university staff and placement staff always understand the challenge.
What advice would you give to those considering studying a nursing degree?
Studying a nursing degree can be a significant undertaking, but trust me when I say it is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done and definitely worth it. If you’re interested in a career where you can help others, learn lots and make a difference in peoples’ lives – then look no further.
Have you found the funding available for Nursing helpful?
Absolutely – when faced with looming deadlines, exam revision or full-time placement hours, part-time working sometimes has to take a back-seat; fortunately, the nursing bursary really provides a massive support for us Student Nurses – I’m definitely lucky to have it.
Why would you recommend the University of Stirling?
If you would like to spend your uni days at a top-5, award-winning university nestled in a beautiful campus that really supports you to get the most from your university course, then Stirling is definitely for you. I can say I’ve had no regrets choosing the University of Stirling and I’m enjoying my time here.
What does the University of Stirling have to offer in terms of clubs and facilities?
If you’re interested in clubs, sports and societies, then the University of Stirling is definitely for you. With over 70 societies and 50 sports clubs, there really is something for everyone.
Not only that, I’m pleased to say the new University of Stirling Nursing Society is now underway in being established, which will undoubtedly contribute to the Student Nurse experience here at the University of Stirling.
What are your career aspirations?
I’ll graduate in 2021 but I’ve already had a few thoughts on how I want to shape my career. I’d love to work in acute care such as A&E after I qualify with an aim to eventually return to studying to pursue a master’s degree and continue to develop as a nurse.
To find out more about studying nursing at the University of Stirling and see the campus mark their next open day date in your diary – Saturday 8 June 2019
Find out more about BSc Nursing – Adult course by visiting the website here. Or, more information on the BSc Mental Health Nursing course can be found here and information on scholarships and funding can be found here.
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