Sinead Hunt BSc Mental Health Nursing

What did you enjoy the most about studying at Swansea University?
The things I enjoyed most about the course were the placements and meeting new people. Also, gaining new experiences and learning.

What skills did you learn from completing the course and how did they help you get a job?
The skills I learnt included how to deal with people, their illnesses, concerns, families, and conditions. Also from acute young person settings all the way up to end of life care. The skills I gained at university helped me to get a job because I had a wide experience from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), male and female acute, challenging behaviour, rehabilitation and older persons.

Where are you currently working?
I am working in an older person’s nursing home which has 37 nursing beds and 29 residential beds.

What are you enjoying about it?
The things I most enjoy about working where I am now is that I got thrown into the deep end as a newly qualified nurse which helped me learn so much at such a quick rate and I now feel very confident running the home and looking after my residents with the best care I can possibly give.

Is your current job related to the degree?
My current job is related to my mental health nursing degree as you have to be a registered nurse to work in the role that I do and I deal with dementia mainly but also depression, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, personality disorder and anxiety.

What would your advice be to new students entering the college?
My advice to new students would be to enjoy every minute of it and learn as much as possible because the 3 years go by so quick, and before you know it you are out there into the big wide world of mental health.

Sinead completed her mental health nursing degree in 2010.