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Tracey Pullman

Career Path: Staff Nurse, Teesside Hospice
Location: Middlesbrough, UK

I went into nursing in my 30's. I started as a HCA then progressed to my nurse training via a trust secondment. I passed my advanced diploma in 2013 studying Adult Nursing. I had previously worked in Sainsbury's for nine years which suggested I was wasting my time working in a supermarket and I should think about becoming a nurse. During my training my mother died which started my interest in palliative care. I qualified and then I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I took a few months off due to treatments. I returned then completed my modules to gain my credits to complete my degree.

What are you doing now?Tracey Pullman

I am now working in a hospice in Teesside. The hospice is charity-based and has an excellent reputation. The hospice is consultant-led. I work as a staff nurse within the hospice. I am also the wound care link nurse and a flu immuniser. I also work in HMP prison as a staff nurse.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I have now completed three modules and I am about to commence a further module in March. I feel relaxed and familiar at Northumbria. I now live ten minutes away from Teesside but I still attend Northumbria due to the teaching standards and the University as a whole.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Teaching at Northumbria is a very high standard, with pertinent context and a variety of teaching methods. Team work is very high on the agenda with many opportunities to mix with other healthcare professionals to share experiences and knowledge.

How connected was your course with industry?

The course was delivered by lecturers that were themselves nurses, prior to becoming lecturers. There were also guest speakers to improve the course content. The subjects taught were all relevant and related to practice.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

My modules were related to my practice within my current employment. I did however attend placements during my initial three year full time study which were all essential to my career.

What was the best thing about your course?

The lecturers were amazing and very inspiring. Meeting other nurses and other healthcare professionals and seeing other perspectives.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Northumbria gave me the confidence, skills and tools to follow my career path. The modules I completed allowed me to obtain a position in specialist palliative care and progress up the pay band.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Practical skills, more in-depth and hands-on knowledge about all aspects of palliative care.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Everything. The ambience of Northumbria is a down-to-earth friendly and supportive environment to learn.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Go for it! It's an amazing place to learn and develop that will open doors for you in your career. If you put the time and commitment in you will be rewarded with a fulfilling career.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Nurturing encouraing teaching

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