Thanks to the course, I have progressed from staff nurse to sister

Hannah Baulch, MSc Community Health studies

Hannah Baulch is a sister and team manager of a busy district nurse team within the Aneurin Bevan Health Board. She is in the final year of the MSc Community Health Studies (District Nursing).

Community nursing is my passion

"I qualified as a nurse at the University in 2008 with a first-class Honours degree; I thoroughly enjoyed my nurse training and knew I would complete further academic study at some point, and hopefully at USW as I had received such a positive experience.

After qualifying, I worked for two years as theatre nurse, before becoming a community nurse.

Early on in this nursing path, I realised that district/community nursing was my passion. I have been a community nurse for five years and enjoy the challenges and rewards it brings on a daily basis.  

I wanted to further my skills and knowledge in community practice and was keen to complete the Specialist Practitioner Qualification to advance from community nurse to district nurse.  

When I read about the MSc Community Health Studies (District Nursing) course I thought it sounded like the perfect course for me to gain the knowledge and skills I needed to enhance my practice and further my career.

From day one of the course, the tutors have been very honest about the level of work and commitment needed from pupils to succeed. The course is well balanced and course content current and applicable, and support from tutors has been excellent.

The biggest challenge has been balancing the ‘day job’ and its responsibilities with ‘Uni work’ and getting a good work-Uni-life balance. It took some time to prioritise and get the balance right, but I got there in the end!

Course has brought career progression

Since starting the course I have had a number of opportunities to develop myself.

I have progressed from being a staff nurse to deputy sister/team leader to my current position of sister/team manager.

We are a team of 17 and cover a large geographical area; we have a very large caseload and cover eight GPs surgeries. 

I love my job - the autonomy of working as a district nurse but also collaboratively working and leading the team, providing current evidenced-based care to our patients, and working closely with other disciplines integrating knowledge, information and skills to provide the best care possible for the patient.  

I have enjoyed the course and the challenges it has brought

Doing the course has not only enhanced my knowledge and practice - which in turn has improved patient care - but also enabled me to further my career journey and job satisfaction.

I am looking forward to completing the final dissertation and am hoping to enrol onto further academic courses."