ARU Blogs — Emma Wolton

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Faculty:Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Nursing and Midwifery

Course: BSc (Hons) Child Nursing

Hello, I’m Emma and I am a Child Nursing Student at the Chelmsford Campus. I am doing the three-year degree course and at 27 years old, I guess I now fall into the mature student category! I’m looking forward to writing a blog; it will be the first that I’ve written, but hopefully you’ll enjoy reading it and find it useful if you are thinking about going into nursing.

I started the course in September 2012 and can’t say that nursing is what I have always wanted to do; instead the realisation that this was the right course for me came as rather an epiphany. I had worked with children on and off in various roles since I was an early teenager and knew that they would feature in my career in some way but hadn’t pinned down exactly what my proper ‘career job’ would be. After coming back from working and travelling abroad for three years, I found myself back in England not knowing what to do with the rest of my life. Some Googling of what jobs there were that worked with children brought me to health visiting, which I then found out required a nursing qualification. From reading up on it, Children’s Nursing and Health Visiting sounded like the perfect fit for me! I applied in January, had my interview, and found myself on the course that September, so pretty quick! After a year and a half on the course I do feel like I have now found my niche coming into nursing, and really enjoy getting all the experiences I can from placements.

Outside of the course, I enjoy baking and skiing. I have joined the university running club which keeps me fit, and I sing in a local choir which I really enjoy (we have just completed our second annual winter concert so am feeling very festive!). I also help out as a Student Ambassador with the Child Nursing team at open days throughout the year so you may meet me there.

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28 March 2017

As the New Year rolls in, it seems a fitting point to reflect on my time as a Children’s Nursing student so far. Already I am halfway through my training with just a year and a half to go until I am qualified. Read more…

27 January 2016

You may have followed Emma’s blogs while she was studying child nursing here. Emma graduated in September 2015 and is now working at Watford General Hospital as a band staff nurse on a paediatric rotational programme. A few months into her new role, she shares her thoughts with you… Read more…

17 November 2014

What a jam-packed couple of months I have had; if anyone tells you that third year is all about relaxing and coasting through the year, they are lying through their teeth! Read more…

24 September 2014

I just can’t believe how quickly the time is flying by this time of year. As I write this I have just one full week of my summer holidays left! However, I have been trying to put my holidays to good use. Read more…

4 August 2014

This week I attended a fascinating event on our Chelmsford campus about medical innovation. It was hosted by MedTech Campus which is a partnership between Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford City Council, Southend-on-Sea Council and Harlow District Council. Read more…

17 June 2014

So it’s been rather a busy month in my life as a child nursing student. I have finished my short placement on the neonatal unit, I put together and presented my assignment on health promotion, and I have now started on my next placement with the school nurses. Read more…

4 April 2014

My first placement of the second year is now complete; therefore it is time to reflect upon what I have learnt over the last two months. Read more…


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