Nursing students share highlights from their first year

Preparing to start university and not sure where to begin? Hear directly from some of our current students about their top tips on how to make your transition to uni life as smooth as possible. Things are a little different this year, so they have also shared their positive experience of remote learning during lockdown.

Amy Charlton, a current student studying BSc (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing

“In order to be a great student nurse, you have to be able to look after yourself as well as others.”

If you are anything like me, you might be feeling a little anxious about university because you want to know everything, and straightaway! Don’t worry, everything will be communicated to you and in good time for when you need it.

It is important to remember that everyone is in the same boat as you, you all want to make friends, and you’re all embarking on a new journey. I initially thought by studying nursing it meant goodbye to my social life but I was wrong, you just need to plan and organise your time properly. If for any reason you do find yourself struggling, be sure to take advantage of the mental health and wellbeing services available.

In regards to placements, each one is different and some you will like more than others. My first placement was at a residential home and I soon discovered how it all links together. It was a great experience and I was able to learn from the nurses, healthcare assistants and other professionals. You learn so much from these opportunities and it’s good to just listen. No one will judge you for being shy or nervous, you’re there to learn and they understand that.

My top three tips for starting the first year are:

  1. Take a look through the reading list, this is really helpful and will support you throughout the course.
  2. Familiarise yourself with the library resources, I found them particularly useful with referencing.
  3. Take advantage of the Personal Development Department (PDD), they will be able to support you with writing and constructing your assignments.

Jacinta Villalobos Finigan, a current student studying BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing             

“We are all facing a new situation dealing with COVID-19, however, it’s not detrimental to you, or your work. As long as you are still putting the effort in - you will be fine.”

At the moment my lessons are all taking place online, these are live and interactive sessions rather than pre-recorded videos. You can join through video chats, or if you are a little shy there is a live chat option too. In addition to your classes, your tutor will schedule regular video calls with you to ensure you are on track and offer any support.

There is the opportunity to use the 24-hour library service. This is useful when writing assignments or revising for your exams. You can also request further help from the librarians via the chat icon and they can advise on things such as what books to read and help troubleshoot any technical issues.

Although recently we have adapted to a different way of learning (which is not necessarily a bad thing), there has been countless support and the course is still really enjoyable.

Alethea Browne current student studying BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

“Lockdown will not prevent us from continuing our learning, it will only strengthen it in new and innovative ways.”

We are in constant contact with our tutors and I receive many emails from a number of support groups. We have access to online facilities, wellbeing services and even teams that allow you to enjoy a virtual coffee catch-up. Brew at HELS is a fab way to meet new friends and to win prizes!

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