Student profile
Lauren Findlay, MSc Primary and Community Care (Community Children's Nursing) (SPQ)

Lauren Findlay

"The course supports my existing skills with new theory, so I can underpin the care I give to my patients and professionally challenge my practice."

Course
Primary and Community Care (Community Children's Nursing) (SPQ) MSc
Entry year
2019

Why I chose Surrey

I started working as a student nurse in 1987, straight out of school, and I’ve never looked back! As I’ve progressed in my career, I’ve completed various courses across universities on the south coast and I’ve always loved learning.

I chose Surrey as it offers specialist training in community children’s nursing, which other local universities don’t provide. Its excellent reputation for nursing was also a big pull.

My course

My community children's nursing course enables me to support my existing skills with new theory. This allows me to underpin the care I give to my patients and professionally challenge my practice.

The teaching staff are all very supportive and helpful. They always encourage me to think outside of the box and find creative ways to solve issues.

The facilities are lovely. I especially like the chocolate brownies available at the café in the Kate Granger Building!

"The children, families and carers I’ve had contact with have been the biggest highlights so far."

My clinical placements

I currently work for the Solent NHS Trust, which provides community and mental health services throughout parts of Hampshire, including Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. The Trust has sponsored me to do the course and has provided me with clinical placements to consolidate my practice.

The children, families and carers I’ve had contact with have been the biggest highlights so far, in addition to the amazing educational services and multidisciplinary teams I’ve worked with.

My career and development

My time at Surrey has helped me grow as a person. I’m constantly reflecting on my academic writing and investigation skills.

Once I’ve completed the course, I’m not sure what I definitively want to do – but something within the community specialism would be amazing.

My advice

  • Enjoy yourself
  • Ask for help
  • Think outside of the box
  • Remember – nothing is impossible!

Find out more about our community children’s nursing course

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