30 at 30: How my student journey has developed over the past 2 years

Over the past 50 years, the University of Nottingham has contributed amazing things to the healthcare industry. As someone who is enthused about healthcare, it is an honour and truly incredible to be a part of such a huge celebration. During training over the past two-years at the University of Nottingham, my knowledge and enthusiasm …

30 at 30: Karen Cox reflecting on 30 years of Nursing

It is 30 years ago this month that I graduated from King’s College London with my degree in hand along with my RGN qualification. In my very early twenties, full of passion for Nursing, I was burning to make a difference and excited about the possibilities that lay ahead. Since then I specialised in cancer and palliative care and …

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 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: 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 …