Brookes nursing students begin their placements in Swindon

Monday, 19 December 2016

Brookes nursing students at Swindon Campus

100 nursing students fresh out of Oxford Brookes University’s new campus in Swindon are starting on placement at the local hospital.

The first year students studying adult nursing will be on the wards at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital where they will be gaining hands-on, practical experience in caring for patients and within community placements across Swindon and Wiltshire.

The University’s new campus in the town opened over the summer and features a new library, high quality teaching spaces, skills labs, catering facilities and spaces to further enhance collaboration, research and support for students.

At this time of year if anyone is thinking about doing something different, either starting a career in nursing, or even changing career, you can follow in the footsteps of our latest cohort and begin a vital and rewarding career in nursing.

Rachel Skittrall, Programme Lead for Nursing in Swindon, Oxford Brookes University

Rachel Skittrall, Programme Lead for Nursing in Swindon at Oxford Brookes University said: “It is exciting to see these nursing students already forging a solid career for themselves in healthcare.

“Oxford Brookes has an excellent track record in educating nurses, with high graduate employability, and we have just finished a successful year of celebrations marking 125 years of nurse education too.

“The student experience is essential for us, and we work in close partnership with students and local health care providers to ensure that the student is at the centre of our provision.

“At this time of year if anyone is thinking about doing something different, either starting a career in nursing, or even changing career, you can follow in the footsteps of our latest cohort and begin a vital and rewarding career in nursing.”

Alex Ferguson, first year BSc Adult Nursing student said: “After many years in one job, to take the plunge and start training to be a nurse was very daunting but I have found the staff and especially my cohort to be great. I have learnt so much so far and know there is so much more to go but I know Swindon is the best place for me.”

Joel Joffe Building

Sarah Elliot, also a first year student said: “It has been a great learning experience and I have enjoyed getting hands on in a hospital setting and putting into practice what I have learnt at Oxford Brookes. I am picking up lots of new knowledge. I was nervous before I started but I have had a great supportive team to work with.” 

Those interested in the BSc Adult Nursing course can still apply for January 2017 entry. More information is on the website. There will also be drop-in sessions at Oxford Brookes’ Swindon Campus on Monday 9 January and Tuesday 24 January 2017 from 4.30pm – 6.30pm.  

Looking ahead the campus will also be holding an Open Day on Saturday 25 March 2017.  

For those who already hold degrees in a relevant field, Oxford Brookes’ three-year pre-registration postgraduate MSc nursing courses are available. Both courses are available part-time and full-time on both the Swindon and Oxford campuses. Apply now for September 2017 entry by visiting the website.

Main image: Brookes nursing students and Shelly Knight, Student Placement Manager and Return to Practice Lead at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Liz Dabner, Student Placement Support Officer at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.