Katie Lee Tanner, BSc Adult Nursing

Katie was the Summer Graduation 2018 winner of the Melanie Jasper Memorial Award for the Department of Nursing. We caught up with Katie to find out more about her experiences of Swansea University...

What did you do prior to studying at Swansea University?

I worked for ABMU as an Oncology Research Officer. I worked within a team of nursing and administrative staff. My role involved recruiting people into research studies and assisting the nursing team with the running of Clinical Trials and data collection. Prior to this I was a student at Warwick University; I graduated in 2011 with a BA in Sociology.

Why did you choose to study at Swansea University?

I chose to study at Swansea University as the school of Nursing has a fantastic reputation. My nursing colleagues had all trained at Swansea and recommended that I train there too.

Can you tell us about your course?

My course was a three year course with our time being split 50/50 between clinical practice and university lectures. We had several clinical practice placement opportunities throughout the three years that exposed us to various areas of nursing. Alongside clinical placements, we had to complete assignments and reflective practice essays.

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

I enjoyed my time on clinical practice the most. It was great going out into clinical areas and working as part of the clinical team. I feel like I have learnt so much working on the wards. It was useful to spend time within various clinical areas to get an idea of the different areas of nursing and the skills required to work in each. Most importantly, having the opportunity to help care for patients and their families is what made this programme of study worthwhile.

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

Having the opportunity to help care for people and their families whilst they are at their most vulnerable. I feel lucky enough to have been a small part of various teams throughout my three years studying, and I have witnessed incredible acts of kindness and caring. Having the chance to be a part of this has been the biggest highlight of my nurse training.

What are your plans/hopes for the future?

I hope to develop my knowledge and skills and progress in my nursing role as a research nurse.

Would you recommend Swansea University to other students?

Yes. It is a lovely university with lots of opportunities for students. I have really enjoyed being a part of Swansea University.

How do you feel about winning this award?

I have read about Prof. Jasper and her dedication to nursing and education, and particularly, nurses developing their professional practice through reflective practice. I have always enjoyed engaging in reflection, particularly with nurses who are experienced and I have found that this has helped me to make sense of my learning and experiences. With this in mind, I feel very privileged to have been given this award.