Mathew is commended for his positive attitude on placement

A student nurse from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences has been commended for his positive attitude and caring nature.

Mathew Toy, who is in the final year of his BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree, spent some time on placement at Cilcennin Community Primary School in Ceredigion, Wales

Mrs M A Jones, a teacher at Cilcennin Community Primary School, where Mathew worked on placement said: “During the week Mathew seized every opportunity to work with groups of children. He listened to children reading, played educational games and even joined in with playing football during break-times.

“During one assembly he gave the whole school a motivational speech on his career so far and stressed how important it is to work hard and give your best in school. The children responded very well to him and the staff were impressed by his positive attitude and caring nature. We wish him the very best in his future career in nursing – I’m sure he will be very successful.”

Mathew said: “The feedback that I received from the school was so motivating towards becoming a health professional. The nursing course is enjoyable but intense, with many rewarding moments whilst on placement.

“The kids were all overwhelmed when I turned up in my uniform to give them a talk on the last day. The school was such an efficient school with a close knit family feel to it and I was made part of the family from day one.”

Mathew’s academic tutor, Tracy Williams, said: “As a college we like to celebrate the success of our hard working students. When Mathew commenced his training in March 2015, he lacked confidence and was unsure of his personal qualities and abilities to become a nurse and he found praise and recognition of his achievements very difficult to discuss or acknowledge.

“Within the last year Mathew has developed into a professional student nurse who can now display ability and confidence, which so obviously has an impact on the people he meets. This is clearly evident in the letter from the school and I’m very proud to be working with and supporting Mathew as his personal tutor.”