Victoria Pemberton is a second-year child nursing student at the University. Having studied the community health and wellbeing foundation degree before choosing her field, Victoria tells us for Clearing and Year of the Nurse, how it prepared her for life as a student nurse.
“I didn’t get onto a nursing degree straight away, and at first, I was disappointed. So, I can sympathise that people may not be accepted onto their chosen field straight away. It is a very competitive area, grades can be hard to get, but I’ve never regretted doing the foundation degree. I wouldn’t be where I am today, studying to become a child nurse.
I wanted a career in midwifery. However, through experiencing different avenues during placements, I found I had a passion for working with children. I enjoyed being with health visitors because I liked being a part of the development of the child and being there to support the family. I’m also very passionate about safeguarding children and being able to make a difference.
The community, health and wellbeing course helped me to look at aspects of how public health has changed and how we promote it. It also taught me about the law, ensuring that when I do qualify as a nurse, I’m following procedures and making sure all documentation is correct. It has helped prepare me for nursing, from learning about referencing to understanding how to conduct research.
I didn’t realise how many doors nursing would open before I started my studies. There’s a wide range of possibilities because the degree stretches so far. I cannot wait to continue with my studies and to progress onto a postgraduate course.”