Swansea University student, Tamara Owen, has overcome challenges in her personal life and has fulfilled her lifelong ambition of becoming a nurse, just weeks after completing her BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree.
22-year-old Tamara from Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire, received her Upper Second Class (2:1) degree at a congregation for the University’s Human and Health Sciences, held in the City and County of Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall, on Wednesday, 16 July.
A former pupil of St. John Lloyd Catholic Comprehensive School in Llanelli, Tamara studied Sociology, Welsh Second Language and Information Technology at A Level in Coleg Sir Gâr.
In 2011, Tamara began studying for her nursing degree at Swansea University. During the same year, Tamara’s mother became ill, spending long periods of time in hospital. Tamara has taken great care of her mother throughout her illness, whilst supporting her father and younger brother in the home. During Tamara’s third year of study, she faced further challenges when her grandfather also became ill, and Tamara provided care and support for him too.
Despite these challenges, Tamara successfully completed her nursing degree, and has been appointed as a staff nurse on the surgical ward at Glangwili General Hospital, Carmarthen.
Heulwen Morgan-Samuel, Senior Nursing Lecturer of the College of Human and Health Sciences, said: “Tamara, is a well-liked, respected and popular nursing student, both by her peers and academic staff. Tamara worked hard in her studies while going through a difficult time in her life, and has done exceptionally well in gaining a 2:1 honours degree. During all of her personal difficulties, Tamara’s clinical reports were excellent, demonstrating excellent communication skills, team work and management of care.
“Patients, relatives and clinical staff have always been positive of Tamara’s nursing and care, and I’m sure that this will continue in her post on the surgical ward at Glangwili Hospital. We all wish her well”.
Following her degree ceremony, Tamara, said: “I can’t thank the staff at Swansea University enough. I’m unsure whether or not I would have been able to complete my degree without them, and I know that without the support of the staff I wouldn’t have graduated with a 2:1.
“I am now more confident, and am looking forward to starting my career, knowing that the education I received has put me in a good place for the future”.