30 at 30: 30 and 50 years of exceptional contribution

Just over five years ago I found my way to the University of Nottingham, attracted by knowing great friends and nurse colleagues at the university. I am honoured to hold a chair with the School of Health Sciences and I hope too my friends and colleagues from the School of Medicine see me as an honorary colleague. As a nurse who has spent a long career working in …

30 at 30: My six-year nursing rollercoaster through a worldwide pandemic and near-death experience to registration 

Growing up, I wanted to become a lifeguard. I spent every Saturday at my local swimming bath and all evening watching Baywatch over and over imagining what it would be like to actually save someone’s life and how rewarding this would be to me.  It wasn’t until I met a true gentleman (who, at the time, believed in me more than I …

30 at 30: The career of Anna Kent

Working within international humanitarian medical aid became a life goal of mine as I grew up. As many of us are, I was appalled to learn of the social and health inequalities across the world and wanted to make a positive difference. In 1999, aged 18, I was privileged to join one of the first …

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: 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: Sandra Lawton OBE

This week we hear from alumna, Sandra Lawton OBE – Nurse Consultant Dermatology and Clinical Lead at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. Sandra has worked in dermatology for 33 years (previously at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust) and developed the role of dermatology liaison sister in 1990, the first post of this kind in the …

Alumni blog: Angela’s physiotherapy journey

One of our 2014 graduates got in touch to share her experience of studying physiotherapy at Nottingham and what they got up to after graduating. From setting up her own business, to moving to the other side of the world; this is Angela’s journey: My Nottingham story My Nottingham physiotherapy journey actually began at the …