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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1 August 2018

When I first walked on to the not so little neonatal unit, I expected all the babies to be very tiny and in incubators. However I was surprised to discover there were lots of babies in the unit for all different reasons. Read more…

1 August 2018

Being a student nurse means that I have a very busy life: from placement to part time work, studying and socialising. Therefore I need to organise my time well to ensure I get the best from my experience. Read more…

27 June 2018

Being at university, especially doing a nursing course, means that there is very little time for a part time job and earning money. However, when I started at the university I was advised by other students to go to the Employment Bureau… Read more…

27 June 2018

During my second year, I had a placement with the health visiting team. Health visitors are professionals that work with children 0-5 years of age and their families. Read more…

7 May 2018

Moving on to university campus was possibly one of the most terrifying days I have ever experienced. Realising that I would have to cook, clean and be independent scared me, in case I did something wrong. 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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