Sophie Phillips BSc Child Nursing

What did you enjoy the most about studying at Swansea University?
I enjoyed meeting new people at Swansea University. Child branch was a small group, therefore your voice was heard; also, the lecturers were all very helpful.

What skills did you learn from completing the course and how did they help you get a job?
I learnt a lot of skills. Nursing is holistic and not just about the medical side, I think this was shown through my interview because I focused on family centred care and looking at the patient as a whole; not just as an “illness”. Family centred care is taught a lot in child branch and I think it’s very important.

What have you gone on to do after graduating?
I went straight into a job as a staff nurse. I’m doing a rotation at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth. I did 6 months on the surgical ward and I’m currently on the medical ward.

What do you like most about your job?
I like the job I’m in because it’s what I always wanted to do. The people are helpful and I’m still learning lots. The ward is modern and it’s a fantastic paediatric unit with high expectations.

What would your advice be to new students entering the college?
My advice would be show enthusiasm. Make sure you’re willing to learn and accept criticism. See it as a learning curve and don’t leave assignments to the last minute. The stress isn’t worth it. I always did them as soon as I was given them and it makes life a lot easier.