Meet the academic: Louistas Nyuyse
Louistas Nyuyse, Teaching Fellow in Adult Nursing, explains why adult nursing is important today, reveals what Surrey is looking for in an adult nursing student and what you can expect when you qualify.
What's your background in adult nursing?
Hello, my name is Louistas Nyuyse and I teach on the adult nursing courses here at Surrey. Within nursing, I’m passionate about emergency care, as this can be the difference between saying 'Goodbye' to a loved one or saying 'Hello'.
During my training, I was inspired by the healthcare professionals I worked with, who took their time to share their experiences with me. I felt it was my responsibility to do the same and I decided to go into education, to train the next generation of nurses.
Why is adult nursing so important?
In the UK, life expectancy is increasing, and the landscape of healthcare is changing to reflect the need for more older people’s services. More than ever, we need adult nurses who can meet this challenge head-on, to provide care for individuals likely to have chronic conditions and a unique set of needs.
Nursing isn’t just a job, it’s something innate within us, that drives us to give back to our communities – it’s a vocation.
What are you looking for in an adult nursing student?
We want you to be down-to-earth, moral and humane – somebody who looks after themselves and others. As a nurse, you’ll need to be willing to continually learn new skills, transforming your practice with the latest procedures and methods.
We want you to help people who’re at their most vulnerable, having a positive impact on their lives. You will be ready to advocate for your patients and stand by their beliefs and your training.
As an individual, we want you to have strong self-awareness – nursing isn’t an easy profession and you will need to be resilient to effectively manage the situations you face each day.
What can I expect as an adult nurse?
No two days are the same. You’ll have shifts where you see patients who were in a critical condition being transferred onto a ward for recovery, and others where you lose people. Understandably, one of the difficult parts of the role is dealing with death and you will cry - I know I have.
But, every day brings with it new hope and the knowledge you’re doing everything you can for those in your care, making the moments they’re with you, as positive as possible.