Caitlin Thomas BSc Child Nursing

What did you enjoy the most about the course and studying at Swansea University?

The tutors were extremely friendly and approachable, the course itself was well structured and I thoroughly enjoyed our practical sessions (in the ward area). Swansea University as a whole was great! I met so many friends and we’ll be in touch for the rest of our lives. Wind Street was also a bonus!

What skills did you learn from completing the course and how did they help you get a job?

Mainly how to organise myself, work towards deadlines and continuing to practice my organisational skills throughout the three years. I also learnt that asking for an extension a week before submission was a no go, therefore I learnt that it was important to ask for help as soon as I realised I was struggling with the workload. This is something I regularly do in my current job!

What have you gone on to do after graduating?

  • 2011-2012: Band 5 Staff Nurse at Imperial College London, on a medical and surgical ward.
  • 2012-2015: band 5 Staff Nurse at Birmingham Children’s Hospital working on a general medical ward - I learnt SO much here!
  • Apri l2015-Currently: Clinical Research Nurse at Birmingham Childrens Hospital (Band 5) - something completely different but exciting!

Where are you working now? What are you enjoying about it?

I am a Clinical Research Nurse. This has opened a whole new world of nursing for me. It has more of an administrative role rather than a full time nursing role, I get to care for patients receiving ground breaking treatments and am involved in the whole process. It’s exciting seeing drugs that have proven to work on our patients become licensed; to be a part of that is extremely rewarding!

What would your advice be to new students?

  • Ask questions, no matter how silly they may sound!
  • Talk to the families of your patients, they are your best point of call.
  • Make reading articles your “hobby” - nursing is forever changing and we need to keep up with the newest treatments and methods! Ultimately for the benefit of our patients.