Top five questions I am asked at an Open Day

Natalie Evans_Adult Nursing student

Adult nursing student and mum-of-three Natalie Evans is a student ambassador who works at our nursing open days.

Is the course hard?
Even though the course is extremely demanding and stressful at times, I always remind myself why I started this journey, and that is to become a nurse and make a difference to people’s lives. Having that in mind helps to get you through the ups and downs.

How do you manage a full-time course as well as being a mum?
I won’t lie, it is hard. There have been times when I’ve wondered if I am the worst mum in the world (apparently this is a normal feeling for most other mums too!) and I feel guilty for not being able to do the daily school run, putting my children with a childminder or missing events like the school fete. But I always remind myself why I am doing this: it’s for my children, to make them proud of me and to give them a better life. I keep telling myself it is not going to be like this forever, so just stick with it!

How much notice are you given prior to placement?
We are provided with approximately two to three weeks’ notice. However, this is currently under review with the placements office so more notice will be provided.

Any hints and tips for completing my personal statement?
Always be yourself. Never, ever pretend to be someone you’re not. Don’t be afraid of mentioning any transferable skills you may have, so if you’ve worked in a call centre, like me, you’ve had experience of dealing with the general public and problem solving. Being a student ambassador, I have had the privilege of sitting in on the interview process, and you can spot a mile off when someone hasn’t written the personal statement, or have fabricated certain parts of it. So, just be yourself and you won’t go far wrong. 

Do you get the same holidays as the children’s school holidays? If not how do you manage with childcare?
We get two weeks for Easter, two weeks for Christmas and six weeks for the summer holidays, and they generally follow the same dates as the school holidays (although sometimes there may be a week overlap).  We do not receive half term holidays so this is something you will need to consider if you have a young family of school age.

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