ARU Blogs — Abbi

Selfie of Abbi Jordan-Bland, with a snowflake filter, wearing a nurse's uniform

Faculty:Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Nursing and Midwifery

Course: BSc (Hons) Child Nursing

Hi! My name is Abbi and I am currently a second year BSc (Hons) Child Nursing student in Chelmsford. My time is split between learning in university (in lectures and practical skills sessions) and learning in practice in either the wards of hospitals or out in the community.

During my first year of University, I lived on campus and I am currently living in private accommodation with three of my friends I met on campus.

I have already been on placements in a general paediatric ward, a day surgery unit, a neonatal unit and Health visiting. I am about to start my placement in A&E (Accident and emergency.) I have really enjoyed all of my placements so far and have realised through them how committed I am to become a child nurse and how I cannot wait until I am qualified.

During my free time, I work at the university as a student ambassador in a variety of events such as campus tours, nursing interview days and open days. I am also part of the RAG society and committee, a fundraising society, in which we organise events to raise money for our chosen charities such as Amnesty International, East Anglia children’s hospices, books2Africa and AIDS Orphan.

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11 June 2019

At the start of my final year, I was lucky enough to be able to go back to the children’s ward that I had my first placement on as a student nurse. I found this very exciting as it meant that I would be able to see how I have developed since my first year… Read more…

24 April 2019

Going to university has enabled me to gain the experience and knowledge I will need in order to be a children’s nurse; however it has also taught me some very valuable life skills that I will be able to use for the rest of my career… Read more…

4 February 2019

Placements are a big part of my child nursing course. So far, I would say that my favourite placement has been the Paediatric Accident and Emergency (A&E) department. Read more…

14 January 2019

Whilst many of us spend Christmas day by the lovely warm fireplace, opening lots of presents and smelling the turkey cooking in the oven, hundreds of children and young people face being in hospital. They battle a range of complex illnesses and new challenges… Read more…

4 May 2018

Before university, I had never worked as a healthcare assistant or in a hospital before, so I was unsure about what to expect in my first placement on a ward. Here's what happened... Read more…

9 March 2018

When I came to the end of school, I still was not sure what career I wanted to pursue. However, I had always wanted a career that was rewarding and enabled me to make a difference to other people’s lives. Read more…


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