Top marks from chief nurse for new West Wales learning centre

Wales’s chief nurse gave top marks to a new centre in Carmarthen which will support today’s health students with their studies, turning them into tomorrow’s nurses and other health professionals.

The Chief Nursing Officer, Professor Jean White, was opening a new learning centre, which is part of the St David’s Park campus, being developed by the College of Health and Human Sciences at Swansea University.  It houses computers, textbooks and journals, and allows students to borrow books.   The centre already has training rooms where students can test out their skills. 


CNO Jean White at SDPUndergraduate students in Nursing, including Mental Health Nursing, are amongst those who will be using the centre, along with postgraduate students in areas such as Health Science and Infection Control.  However, the centre is open to any student of the University.


Many students in the College follow their courses part-time, often combining their studies with a job.  For these students especially, having more support for their learning available closer to home is a major advantage.


Professor White, who studied at Swansea and previously worked in the Department of Nursing at the University, said:


"I am delighted to officially open the new Learning Resource Centre in Carmarthen. It is essential that healthcare provision is based on a strong evidence base.  Centres such as this, that enable practitioners, students and educators access to the most up to date evidence, is vital.


"I commend the College of Human and Health Sciences for its commitment to provide excellent educational and research resources to staff and students in the West Wales area."


Professor Melanie Jasper, Head of the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University, said:


"St David’s Park campus is part of our exciting strategy to develop our educational provision for South-west Wales. 


"The centre enhances the quality of our student provision by providing an ‘on site’ learning resource, creating a supportive learning environment for students.


"We are extremely pleased that the CNO for Wales, recognising the significance of this development, has agreed to officially open this new centre.”