ARU Blogs — Caroline Buttress

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Faculty:Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Nursing and Midwifery

Course: BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

Hi, I'm Caroline and I'm a second-year student nurse based at Peterborough campus.  I live about 15 miles away from campus with my husband and four children........Yes four children!!!  As you can imagine, juggling family life, study and placements is definitely a challenge, but who doesn't love a challenge?

Studying at ARU so far has been a real pleasure.  The staff and students alike are friendly and approachable and I've made some really good friends along the way.

My allocated placements have vastly varied from surgical, to dementia care, care of the dying and emergency mental health care.  Each placement has been very different and enjoyable in their own right, but I have particularly enjoyed care of the dying.  I realise that 'enjoyed' probably sounds like an odd choice of word, but looking after an individual in their final days, truly is a rewarding and privileged position to be in.

I'm fully aware that I juggle a lot, so for this reason I think it's really important to find time to unwind, reflect and put things into perspective.  To achieve this, I don a pair of trainers and run for as long as is necessary, or if I'm feeling particularly hardcore, I prune up in a hot bath with a decent book.  

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23 July 2019

I can’t deny that re-entering education as a fully functioning adult was a daunting idea initially, but my very positive experience of university life at ARU has been strongly enhanced by having the opportunity to represent both my faculty and the university as a student ambassador. Read more…

17 June 2019

Since beginning my role as a student ambassador I am often asked about reading material. “Which anatomy and physiology book should I buy?”, “when should I buy my books?” and perhaps most importantly “do I actually need to buy any books?” Read more…

17 May 2019

No single placement is alike and this could not be truer when considering my last placement on the Orthopedic Trauma ward at Peterborough City Hospital. I had already experienced a placement on an elective Orthopedic ward so I thought that I had some idea of what I was about to encounter..… Read more…

21 March 2019

It’s suddenly become very real, not only am I in my final year but I am now working on my final assignment and awaiting the commencement of my final management placement!!! Read more…

9 February 2019

It would be worrying if I said that practice wasn’t my favourite element of nurse training. In order to work effectively in a real hospital ward, undertaking some basic skills in the safety of the university skills lab have proved invaluable. Read more…

2 November 2018

This is usually the question that dominates conversation when talking to new or prospective students. The answer is not straightforward because no placement is the same. Read more…

24 August 2018

In September 2017, I started my second year as a student nurse. Having undertaken an access course prior to my nurse training, I very much regarded this point in my studies as the mid-way moment. Halfway to becoming a nurse, there was definitely no going back now. Read more…

1 August 2018

In my humble opinion, beginning a new placement is not dissimilar to that memorable first day at secondary school. Those overwhelming feelings of excitement, the fear of the dreaded unknown, not to mention the big kids! Read more…

1 August 2018

Far from the hub of busy hospital wards, health visiting is yet another avenue a trained nurse could take after qualification and with a bit of further training.... Read more…


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