Blake Bucknall, Bsc Adult Nursing

What did you do prior to studying at Swansea University?

I was a part-time waiter at a local attraction alongside being a student at Cardiff university studying Chemistry.

Why did you choose to study at Swansea University?

There are many reasons I chose Swansea; the beautiful beaches, people and diverse cultures. The reason I chose the university to study my degree, is because of the reputation that Swansea prides itself with. Swansea university consistently maintained a high standard from student feedback (UNISTATS) about the support received whilst on their journey to reaching their goals.

Can you tell us about your course?

The course was difficult, no denying that, however, there was a very good balance between theory and practical which is very well needed in nursing. The learning opportunities that are offered to each student in the college are endless. There is a fabulous support network in which you are encouraged to engage with whether that be from past or present students. The course tutors are also very approachable and proactive if academia is not your strongest forte.

What part of the course do you/did you enjoy the most?

I chose to engage in the Erasmus+ scheme and went to Finland to do an 8-week placement and some studying out there. My Finnish is still poor, but it allowed me to reflect about how we could improve the NHS and why it is failing in the publics’ opinion.

What’s been your highlight whilst studying at Swansea University?

It’s got to be meeting the people I have, gaining valuable friendships. Graduating is also up there.

What are your plans/hopes for the future?

Well I have managed to bag myself a full-time job in Royal Gwent Emergency Department and hoping to get good grounding there for the time being. I have also tried to further my studies by applying to the Physician’s Associates course (waiting to here back). No matter where I end up. I aim to be the best person I can be and deliver the best care I can give, trying to keep the NHS going for our public.

How will your studies help you pursue your chosen profession?

Without the degree I wouldn’t be as well equipped to cope with the mental and physical demands of nursing. I have been quite lucky to get the job as an ED nurse as it is very appealing to a lot of experienced nurses.

Would you recommend Swansea University to other students?

Yes, it hasn’t been awarded the best university in Wales for no reason. Swansea university offers everyone the same support, opportunities and facilities to get the most out of your time there.