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Emma Davies

Career Path: Staff Nurse at Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

What appealed to you about your course and Northumbria University?

I really enjoyed psychology at A level and decided to study it further at university. I knew that whatever career I chose afterwards that the knowledge and understanding gained from this course would be useful. I chose Northumbria because I thought I'd settle in well there. I'm originally from Huddersfield and wanted to be somewhere I felt safe away from home. When I visited Northumbria I knew I would get the support I needed away from home as well as getting to know a completely new city.

What did you like most about your course?

I really liked the variety of topics covered within the 3 years and the opportunities to pick some of the modules gave me the choice to study areas I was more interested in. There was also a good mix of people on the course. People starting their first degree and others returning to education from working elsewhere.

What did you do after you graduated?

After I graduated I returned home and worked in administrative roles; project management and course administrator roles. I decided to return to Northumbria in 2009 and completed my postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Studies (Mental Health). It helped me build upon my knowledge from my first degree and apply it to a related discipline. I qualified in 2011 and have been working as a staff nurse for the local mental health trust. In 2013 I plan to work abroad in New Zealand. My qualifications from Northumbria have enabled me to apply for these job opportunities.

What does your role at work involve?

As a staff nurse in stepped care, I support clients with severe and enduring mental health problems through the recovery process.  I work as part of a multidisciplinary team including psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists and other mental health nurses to provide this care. We aim to support clients to more independently in the community, identifying their strengths and establishing coping strategies so they are able to identify how to help themselves and where to get support when they feel they need it. We also aim to support clients to tend to their physical health care, helping them to address lifestyle changes and management of certain conditions such as diabetes.

Briefly tell us about your typical working day.

On a typical day I work with the team to provide holistic care to the clients.

How did your degree at Northumbria benefit your career?

Both my degrees have enabled me to progress in my career. Because of my qualifications I am now able to apply for jobs abroad, something I would not have been able to do as easily without my qualifications. There are further opportunities to continue my learning, some with Northumbria University. I am currently waiting to complete my mentorship training so I am able to support student nurses on placement within the trust.

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