Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Student profiles

  • Dawn Francis

    Dawn Francis

    Adult Nursing

    Brookes has given me endless possibilities for the future.

    My experience at the Swindon campus has always been a positive one. The course is structured in such a way that provides you with an academically challenging environment but with adequate support and resources for it to be a rewarding and stimulating experience.

    The staff are always on hand to provide assistance with any queries you may have. They have a passion for bringing out the best attributes in each individual student and encouragement is one of the key qualities that they possess in abundance.

    The university has helped boost my confidence, enhance my academic abilities, and has given me endless possibilities for the future as a registered nurse.

    Agata Kwidzinska

    Agata Kwidzinska

    Adult Nursing

    The staff were very supportive.

    I have enjoyed every day and every module of the taught programme. Most of all, I have enjoyed my placements that were based in various healthcare settings, from acute to community care. The broad range of placements gave me the opportunity to experience the whole patient’s journey, and has helped me to decide which area I would prefer to work in.

    The staff were very supportive throughout my training and there was a lot of additional support with assignments, particularly useful if English is not your first language. I have developed a lot of nursing skills but I have also developed communication skills that I use in everyday life.

    I have learnt a lot about human anatomy and physiology, but I have also learnt about myself. I have increased my self-awareness and become more open-minded.

    Sophie McHugh

    Sophie McHugh

    Adult Nursing

    I went on a 9 Week exchange in Spain.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Oxford Brookes. The course has helped me to develop as an individual, and as a healthcare professional.

    Without a doubt the placements are the best part of the course. When you are in practice you learn so much from patients and from members of staff. It’s a great opportunity to develop your clinical skills, communication skills, and self-awareness.

    Being on placement allows you to work within a multidisciplinary team and be an advocate for patients. I have been placed on surgical and medical wards, in the community, and with the ambulance service. I was also extremely lucky as I went on a 9 week exchange in Spain where I worked in the hospital and community. This was a fantastic experience and one that I would recommend to everyone.

    The course is challenging but worthwhile and very rewarding. My advice is to be organised and enjoy it as time flies.

    Christine Sennett

    Christine Sennett

    Adult Nursing

    I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy every aspect of the course..

    I had wanted to work in a health care profession for a number of years. I had been volunteering on an elderly medicine ward at my local hospital, and was finding it more rewarding than my business career. I was very happy to be accepted by Oxford Brookes for the Adult Nursing course.

    I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy every aspect of the course. The academic studies are very interesting and highly relevant to practice, and I have learned a lot in my placements to build my nursing competence. And on top of all that, we can benefit from many other opportunities, such as talks from experts in their field at Oxford Brookes and at the Oxford University Hospitals.

    Although it's a big change, and I would have had to consider it carefully, I think I would have taken the course under the current fee-paying system because nursing and health care is the career area that I really wanted to move into. I have not been disappointed. For the first time in my life, I can make a difference in someone's life every day, and learn something new every day.​

    Stacey Wicks

    Stacey Wicks

    Adult Nursing

    Starting this course was one of the best decisions I have made to date.

    I have always had a keen interest in anatomy and physiology, and a need to help people, so what better career than nursing.

    The course offers you opportunities for self-development and personal growth, as well as the chance to learn new skills and have new experiences. All the staff are fab and want to help you as much as they can - they want you to succeed.

    At the start of the course I had a stereotypical view of career choices in nursing, but how wrong I was. The career paths available to you are vast, from medical wards to surgery, GP practices and all the services a community post offers.

    Nursing is always changing and evolving for the better, there are always opportunities to learn new things and improve patient experiences and healthcare as a whole.