Dear prospective nursing students… It’s that time of year again!
Clearing is over, freshers has finished and all the new students have settled in to start their long journey of studying. This also means that the cycle has just opened up to start all over again. UCAS has opened for next year’s applicants, personal statements are being written, open days are being planned and interviews will start very soon.
As a student ambassador and student nurse who helps out at the interviews and the open days, I know that the applications will already be coming in thick and fast. But for those who haven’t yet made up their mind about where to apply, I thought I’d give you all a little insight into what Anglia Ruskin – and more specifically the Chelmsford campus – can offer you as a prospective nursing student.
Every student’s best friend: the Chelmsford campus library has four floors with one whole section specifically for nursing and midwifery.
The library staff are all fantastic but there is a team of librarians who are specifically for FHSCE students and can help you with all things nursing. They are experts on research, book searches, databases, referencing, essays and anything else you can think of study wise that you might need help with. You also have access to the books on the other campuses for free, just place your request if the book you want is on another campus and they will post it and notify you via email when its ready for you to collect.
The skills labs
These are fully functioning labs that are set up like hospital wards for you to practise your clinical skills in a safe, simulated environment. They have dummies that can talk, have pulses and breathe, can have a heart arrhythmia, etc. They’re brilliant to work with before working with actual people. The midwifery students even have a dummy that simulates a natural birth!
The skills tutors are nurses who are working in practice now. We have two Intensive Care Unit nurses and an infection control nurse who work at a hospital in Essex, to name a few.
Nursing students’ lectures tend to be all over the place and not just centred in one building, and I would say as a first year I’ve probably had lectures in almost every lecture theatre on campus. It’s worth having a peek at all of them while visiting on an open day. Group sessions are had in smaller classrooms with tutor groups across the campus, but mainly in Marconi building or Sawyers building. Every building has a little cafe in it so you can grab drinks at break time but there are two main, larger cafes at each end of the campus.
Across from main reception there is a pharmacy and a few takeaways that are always tempting on a Friday afternoon. The campus is also very close to the train station and Chelmsford city centre. There are two park and ride routes for those students who drive and don’t want to pay for parking.
Every student is put into a tutor group with a set amount of other students, and these will be your classmates for the duration of your degree. Lectures are held with the whole cohort together but group works are just in your tutor groups. The tutors are there as your first point of call for anything you need, from essay help or placement advice, to emotional support. They will be there with you every step of the way.
So there you have it, a little insight into student life as a student nurse at our Chelmsford campus. Obviously only half the time as a student nurse will be spent here, as the other half is on placement.
I wish you all success in your application process and maybe one day soon I will be seeing you at your interview.