Student commended for his professionalism on placement

An Adult Nursing student from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences has been commended for his professionalism while on his placement.

Blake Bucknall was on placement with the prison service when he assisted with a difficult incident and has since received a letter of thanks from the senior nurse.

The letter states that during the entire incident, Blake handled himself in a professional manner and was part of the team that dealt successfully with the incident, ultimately saving a life.

Blake said: “Swansea University had prepared me for a situation in critical care which allowed me to assist in potentially saving this person’s life. The healthcare team was absolutely outstanding and supporting during this eventful time and the feedback I received made me feel appreciated and allowed me to understand why I am working towards getting into this profession.

“The placement at Swansea Prison has helped me with improving my understanding of medicine whilst giving me a good insight into many different mental health problems.”

Blake’s Academic Tutor and Nursing Lecturer, Tracy Williams, said:  “Blake commenced his training in March 2015 as an unassuming student, yet has developed into an outstanding student who has embraced the programme with great enthusiasm and motivation. He has grown professionally and personally adapting to the role with a mature, caring persona.

“Blake is very well liked by his fellow students, always being the first to help and support. Clinical placement reports are very positive and show Blake to be an exemplary student displaying all the qualities of being a caring and compassionate nurse. Being Blake's personal tutor is a pleasure and I am honoured to part of his learning journey to becoming a qualified nurse.”