30 at 30: Thoughts on Nursing at Nottingham from Dame Elizabeth Fradd DBE DL 

I am delighted to write this short piece as part of the 30-year Celebration of Nursing at Nottingham University.  It has been a privilege to observe, and at times participate in, the development of Nursing Education which has blossomed since its move from the Hospital–based School of Nursing to the University.  I am sure the success of the established Department of Nursing Studies already in the University, headed up by Jane Robertson, acted as a sound …

30 at 30: The Year of the Nurse and Midwife in a Covid Age

When 2020 was named The Year of the Nurse and Midwife, I was working as the Director of Education and Student Experience within the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham and we were celebrating 30 years of nursing at Nottingham. I finished the year working as Head of School of Nursing, Allied …

30 at 30: Student Nurses in the 21st century

 The role of the student nurse has somewhat changed over the last 30 years. My student nurse journey began in March 2006 at the University of Nottingham’s School of Nursing Mansfield centre. We were the second cohort to be given the opportunity to study at degree level. While UK universities began offering nursing degrees during the 1960’s, in 2005-6, 4% of nurses were educated …

30 at 30: Nursing in Nottingham – my journey from the 1980s to 2021

I came to Nottingham in 1985 to commence my nurse training at the Queen’s Medical Centre. I lived in Harvey Court nurses’ residence at the back of the hospital – now the staff car park! When I started, my training nurses were employed by the NHS and I was a student in the Nottingham School of Nursing. We were all very were excited to …

30 at 30: Nursing and learning disabilities

 I got an email this week telling me I had worked for the University for 25 years (you get less for murder) which gave me pause for thought about this blog. I started my career in education in 1987 (I know you weren’t born!) and came into the school because I needed a bigger audience …

30 at 30: Keeping it in the Family: A 60-year legacy and counting

It all started with my mother, Joan.   Joan grew up the 1940s and 50s and always knew she wanted to be a nurse. Her greatest challenge to managing her dream was not realising any educational qualifications but that she would be tall enough. Joan was always petite and needed to be taller than the entry …

30 at 30: Mental Health Nursing: Past, present and future

The last thirty years has been an interesting time for mental health nursing. After decades of neglect, in the 1990s the UK Government recognised that the burden of disease and the disabling nature of mental distress were on a par with Coronary Heart Disease, cancer and stroke, the major cause of deaths at the time. Finally, providing safe, sound and supportive mental health services was a national health priority. Mental health nurses, the majority …

30 at 30: Transforming Healthcare: HIV  

Russell T Davies’ Channel 4 dramatization “It’s a Sin!” takes us back to the early 1980s when HIV was beginning to impact on the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. As a student nurse during these times, it brought back many memories of the early days of the virus and the confusion and misunderstandings that …

LGBT+ History Month

February marks LGBT+ History Month, a time to learn about and acknowledge the history of LGBT+ people. We consider the marginalisation faced by this community, and the momentous strides taken towards equality, as well as acknowledging the remaining steps toward an equal future that we need to take. The LGBT+ community has long been viewed as a homogenous group of people who are other to “everyone else,” often perceived in only …

30 at 30: Vicky Bailey

This week, we hear from alumna, Vicky Bailey, who graduated from the University of Nottingham with an MSc in Health Care Policy and Organisation in 1994. Vicky is a non-executive director at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, with previous executive leadership roles in Nottingham, including Accountable Officer for both NHS Nottingham West and Rushcliffe …