Department of Nursing

Student Profiles

  • Guy Curry

    Guy Curry

    Mental Health Nursing

    You’ll work hard and it can be testing, but it’s also rewarding beyond measure.

    After researching a number of options, mental health nursing appealed to my interests; it allowed me to continue working alongside others and develop my skills within a healthcare role.

    Oxford Brookes was my first choice; it has a brilliant reputation for health and social care and I knew it would push me academically. The collaborative partnerships Oxford Brookes has with reputable medical centres offers great opportunities for students to work with experienced and highly qualified professionals.

    Oxford Brookes has vibrant and fun social life and there’s something for everyone, whether you want to throw yourself into the societies and clubs, relax and have a few drinks with friends, or join in with their famous sporting traditions. I’ve taken advantage of the sporting facilities available and have been impressed with the quality for the price of membership.

    I would enthusiastically recommend the course to others – you’ll work hard and it can be testing, but it’s also rewarding beyond measure.

    Stephanie Hutchison

    Stephanie Hutchison

    Mental Health Nursing

    I chose Oxford Brookes due to its fantastic teaching facilities and close links to local hospitals such as the John Radcliffe.

    I enjoy the clinical skills days, where we are able to be more hands on and practice within a safe environment. I also enjoy the seminars, where we discuss ideas amongst our peers and gain one-to-one time with the seminar leader.

    The facilities are very good, the library at Headington campus is amazing! It covers over six floors and has got everything you need. The librarians are very helpful if you need anything and it is open 24/7 in semester time. You can also access all the electronic journals and books from home too.

    I am due to start placement in November and I am very excited about learning new skills. My first placement is in an area of mental health that I hope to work in once I complete university.

    Charlotte Jones

    Charlotte Jones

    Children’s Nursing

    Oxford is a great student city, with the John Radcliffe hospital nearby, great placement opportunities and a good nightlife.

    I’ve learned a variety of essential nursing skills in the skills labs at Brookes, which are functional and well equipped, preparing us for practice. The John Henry Brookes building has a great, modern library and study facilities.

    So far I have really enjoyed all of my placements, which have mainly been at the John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital. I feel as though I have had a great and varied experience; everyone on the course experiences surgical nursing, medical nursing, and a variety of community settings.

    The course staff have organised for representatives from hospitals around the UK to come and talk to us about job opportunities. As third year students we have mock interviews with the lecturers in order to prepare us.

    After completing the course I plan to work as a nurse at a children’s hospital. My aim is to be a caring and compassionate children’s nurse and I believe that Brookes has given me the skills to achieve this.

    Kevin Barclay Meek

    Kevin Barclay Meek

    Mental Health Nursing

    I have found a career I love.

    I had been working for Oxford Health Trust for nearly three years when I chose to study Mental Health Nursing at Brookes. It was the obvious choice of university for me as many of the nurses I worked with had qualified at Brookes and spoke highly of the staff and training they received there.

    The wide variety of placements that are available in Oxford are not easily come by elsewhere. I have experienced various placements whilst at Brookes and have enjoyed them all; the best part of being out on placement is getting to work with interesting and kind staff, patients, and families, in many different and challenging situations.

    After completing my course I hope to gain employment in Oxford and settle into the role of being a qualified Nurse. In the future I would like to qualify in a talking therapy so that I can push myself and be of a greater benefit to those I work with.

    Since working in mental health nursing I have found a career I love and I now want to take on more responsibility and have a better ability to help others.

    Rachel Moore

    Rachel Moore

    Children’s Nursing

    The staff are incredibly supportive and are heavily invested in every student.

    I applied for the course at Oxford Brookes due to its good reputation, the reputation of the nearby children’s hospital at the John Radcliffe, and because Brookes offers the Children’s Nursing course at master’s level.

    I really enjoy the practical side of the course, particularly the skills sessions where we practice on simulated child and baby manikins, learning how to attend to children with different needs on the ward. Some of the sessions are run by experts in the field and their anecdotes make it interesting and easier to remember things.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my placements during the course. All of the nurses, whether they are your assigned mentor or not, are constantly willing to teach and share experiences. You are encouraged to ask questions, have new experiences, and learn in a supported environment.

    When I graduate I hope to get a job at the John Radcliffe hospital. Further down the line I would like to progress and potentially attend university again to become an advanced nurse practitioner. We have days organised where various hospitals will be visiting the university to give us an idea about job prospects. The university has also arranged for interview preparation sessions as well as mock interviews with members of the interview panel from the John Radcliffe.

    Helen Thompson

    Helen Thompson

    Children’s Nursing

    Enrolling in Children’s Nursing at Brookes is certainly one of the best decisions I have ever made!

    Having completed some work experience at a children’s hospital in London I was inspired by what nurses could do for children and their families. I wanted to have the power to change somebody’s life and be there for children and families in their time of need.

    So far the part of my course I’ve enjoyed the most is my practice placement. Talking to patients, working within a multidisciplinary team and learning clinical skills enables me to see how the theory we learn in lectures is applied in practice. I’ve had lots of opportunities to see different aspects of healthcare, from operations to clinical procedures like lumbar punctures and echocardiograms. The placements are well organised and there’s plenty of support from the university if you have any problems.

    Living in Oxford is great because of the wide range of things to; from punting in the summer months and chilling out in South Park with my friends, to finding cosy little cafes in the winter. I found it easy to make friends with both the people in my halls and on my course.

    After graduating I plan to go straight into work as a children’s nurse. Students who have just recently qualified have given me plenty of advice on interviews and when to apply for jobs. The university also email me weekly with careers news and support.