Published: 11 December 2013

My Surrey experience – Victoria Pine, BSc Adult Nursing

"There have been many exciting days and there’s so much to learn."

Why did you choose to come to Surrey to study Adult Nursing?

I spent seven years working in pensions and was a part-time tennis coach before coming to Surrey. Life changes made me re-asses what I wanted out of a career, and nursing felt right and made me happy.

When choosing where to study, location was very important to me.

Surrey also had an excellent reputation, and I had friends that were studying/had studied here and had enjoyed it. The university also has a nice campus and facilities, especially the Surrey Sports Park.

What’s the most challenging thing about the course?

I have two children, so have to organise childcare around my shifts.

Have you been on placement? If so, where did you go?

I’m currently on my fourth placement. So far, my placements have been in community nursing, neuro rehabilitation, a nursing home and in an intensive care unit.

What was the best thing about your placement/s?

Colleagues and mentors have been so helpful. There have been many exciting days and there’s so much to learn and have a go at, especially within the intensive care unit.

The things I’ve most enjoyed on the course include learning practical skills and forming great friendships with fellow students.

Do you know what you want to do when you graduate?

At the moment, I think I would like to spend a further year studying at Surrey for a Public Health Practice masters degree to become a health visitor, although I love emergency care too, so I will have to see next year!

Do you think you’ve changed since you started the course? How?

I am definitely beginning to feel like a professional as I gain more knowledge and confidence.

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