Hayley shares highlights from her time as a student nurse and explains how an Erasmus placement in Norway enhanced her University experience.
“As an adult nursing student, I have been fortunate to work in many practice areas, both medical and surgical, as well as with district nurses.
I highly enjoyed working in haematology and isolation at Frimley Park Hospital, and as a result I put it down as my preference for my supervised practice for the end of my third year. I have also been given a five-week placement in Accident & Emergency which I’m looking forward to as I feel there will be a lot to learn.
The best part about my placements has been learning all the new skills needed to become an adult nurse. I feel so privileged, for I have seen things that many others will never get a chance to see, such as going into theatre and watching procedures and operations.
During the summer, I took part in an Erasmus exchange and went to Stavanger, Norway. I felt that it was a perfect opportunity to discover how another country’s health system works, and offered me the chance to explore a different culture - learning some of the language was definitely one of the highlights.
I am passionate about working in healthcare. I love the rewarding feeling I get on a shift, knowing that the people I’m looking after are getting the good care that they deserve.
"Living and working in another country for 12 weeks was an opportunity of a lifetime."
I also learnt how different hospitals can be and how techniques and procedures can differ in different countries.
I would definitely recommend going on an Erasmus exchange. I met many other international exchange students, and it was nice to be able to socialise with them.
When I graduate, I would ideally love to apply for a job on a ward as I really enjoy the non-stop, busy atmosphere. After gaining some experience as a qualified registered nurse I would then like to enhance my knowledge with further study.
The University of Surrey is the perfect place to start a new journey, a new life and a new career. I would advise others to enjoy every moment, study when you need to study and enjoy making lifelong friends.”
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