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Clair Formosa

Nursing (Child)

Where are you from?


Why did you choose Northumbria University, Newcastle?

I chose Northumbria because it is renowned for it's Nursing Courses. My mother also studied BSc at Northumbria and it is close to home.

What do you think of Newcastle and our region and what are your favourite things to do?

Newcastle is a beautiful, vibrant city with great culture, nightlife, and shopping. Newcastle is the friendliest city in the UK!

What has surprised you most about living in Newcastle and this region? What has impressed you most?

I am most surprised and equally impressed by the diversity and culture of the area.

Did you find Northumbria University welcoming? Was it easy to fit in?


What have you enjoyed most about coming to Northumbria University?

Apart from the course as a whole, I have most enjoyed meeting new people.

Who has helped you most since you came to Northumbria?

My guidance tutor.

Who has inspired you most at Northumbria University?

The tutors. They all have so many stories to tell and advice to give.

What is your favourite place on campus?

Clinical Skills 

What is the best thing about your course?

The variety of teaching and type of assessments/placement and the ability to get first-hand experience.

What are the most valuable lessons you have learnt to date?

I have learned not to judge people on face value - many people have their own battles behind closed doors.

What do you want to do in the future? What skills have you learned/improved that you think will be of most use in your future career?

Working in a clinical setting with children - SCBU/Oncology developed many skills and I have gained so much more confidence from the beginning of my time here at Northumbria.

Have you worked on any prohects with businesses or been on a placement? What were you most memorable experiences?

During my first placement my most memorable experience was being given the chance to take full care of my own patient on a surgical ward. The positive feedback I received from the child, parents, and staff are really memorable moments for me.

If you could offer some advice to students thinking of coming to study here what would you say?

Go for it! Something you won't regret.

How do you feel you have changed as a person since being at Northumbria University, Newcastle (e.g. confidence)?

I have grown in confidence and developed a greater knowledge base with regard to the field I am studying.

If you had 3 words to sum up your time with us what would they be?

Challenging, rewarding, unforgettable.

Would you recommend Northumbria University to a friend?


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