Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

What's it like to study nursing

  • Nursing is one of the most rewarding professions you can enter, being able to make a difference in the lives of people when they really need it has drawn in exceptional individuals who share the values of the NHS Constitution for decades, but it can also be a challenging career that requires years of dedication and hard work.

    As you look to embark on a nursing career, we've asked a number of our student nurses to talk honestly and openly about the training experience, to provide a real world glimpse into what it's like to first set foot onto the wards and to provide an overview of what you can expect on the road to becoming a nurse.


  • Study Tips

    Hear our students' tips for studying and dealing with their timetables.


  • Making Mistakes on Placement

    Our Nursing students talk openly about making mistakes on placement.


  • Male Nurses

    Breaking down the gender stereotypes: our students discuss what life is like for male nurses.


  • Is age a Concern?

    Whether you're fresh out of college or returning to study later in life, Nursing is open to all. Our students reflect on the benefits and challenges of choosing when and how to enter the profession.


  • Work-life Balance

    As dedicated as student nurses need to be, it's important to ensure it doesn't totally eclipse other aspects of life. Whether it's looking after children or playing sports, students discuss how they fit everything in.


  • Money Matters

    You don't need to come from a wealthy background to study Nursing. Our students discuss how they live and earn whilst on the course.


  • First Day on Placement

    Any first day in a new role can be nerve-wracking, but especially with your first clinical placement. Students talk through their experiences of that moment.


  • Night Shifts

    Shift work is a large part of being a nurse, the students here discuss the good and bad sides of night shifts.


  • What is it like to be a Mental Health Nurse?

    The reality of Mental Health Nursing: listen to Oxford Brookes lecturers, alumni, and current Oxford Health NHS workers talk about the daily challenges and rewards involved in their roles.


  • Why did you choose Mental Health Nursing?

    From an interest in people, to variety in job role, to building positive relationships: Oxford Brookes lecturers, alumni, and Oxford Health NHS workers talk about their motivation for working in Mental Health Nursing.


  • Advice

    Attributes of a mental health nurse: Oxford Brookes lecturers, alumni, and Oxford Health NHS workers describe the qualities needed to make a positive impact in the field of Mental Health Nursing.


  • Approach and Adaptability

    A flexible approach to healthcare: Oxford Brookes lecturers, alumni, and Oxford Health NHS workers discuss the need to be able to adapt your approach as a mental health nurse.


  • Mentoring

    Learning from each other: Oxford Brookes lecturers, alumni, and Oxford Health NHS workers describe their personal experiences of both having and being a mentor.


  • Challenges and Coping Mechanisms

    Coping mechanisms: Oxford Brookes lecturers, alumni, and Oxford Health NHS workers talk about how they cope with the challenges of Mental Health Nursing.


  • Challenging Patients

    Dealing with challenging behaviour: Oxford Brookes lecturers, alumni, and Oxford Health NHS workers discuss how to identify, understand, and cope with challenging patients.


  • How do you switch off?

    Switching off from the job: Oxford Brookes lecturers, alumni, and Oxford Health NHS workers talk about their favourite ways to switch off.


  • Integrating Physical and Mental Healthcare

    Treating the mental and the physical: Oxford Brookes lecturers, alumni, and Oxford Health NHS workers discuss if, why, and how mental and physical healthcare should be integrated.