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Joanne Gordon

Nursing Studies / Registered Nurse (Adult)

Where are you from?

Sunderland

Why did you choose Northumbria University, Newcastle?

It was the closest university to me that offered the course I wanted to dstudy. Also, the clinical skills is fantastic! 

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

I've lived here all my life but what I love the most is where I live it's half way between the beach an the countryside.

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

Yes it's very welcoming and the lecturers are so friendly! 

What have you enjoyed most about coming to Northumbria University?

The fact that I am doing the course I've always wanted to do, I'm a mature student and thought I was too old but it is amazing!

Who has helped you most since you came to Northumbria?

My gt group, any problems we work it out together as a team.

Who has inspired you most at Northumbria University?

It's hard to single any one person but mt GT Matt is very helpful and also one of the lecturers is amazing, Emma senior is a fantastic lecturer and goes above and beyond. 

What is your favourite place on campus?

Clinical skills. 

What is the best thing about your course?

The practical side is fab, whether it's in clinical skills or placement.

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

What the NMC expect from a nurse and the code you need to work by. 

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?

I would like to be a nurse in the community, eventually becoming a district nurse and then health visitor. Communication is key and as I worked in a call centre previously it wasn't the same as actually talking to people face to face, I really enjoy it and I am good at it. 

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

I loved the health visitor spoke placement, that was my favourite. I also thoroughly enjoyed going to theatre to observe a number of colorectal operations. 

Have you taken up any opportunities to travel with your current course/undertake field trips? If so, please tell us about them.

I took part in a dissection class. I dissected a heart and a kidney which was great. 

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

Enjoy it, don't take yourself too seriously and just go with the flow. If this is the career for you, it will just click into place, also take every opportunity for tutorials as they are essential to ensure that you are not going off on a tangent when it comes to assignments. 

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

I have increased in confidence slightly but have a long way to go. When I attend lectures I feel it's not sinking in, but then when someone asks something I realise I actually do know why I'm talking about. 

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

Fabulous amazing university.

Would you recommend Northumbria University to a friend?

Yes definitely.


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