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: Celebrating Nursing at Nottingham

This year we celebrate 30 years of nurse training at University of Nottingham, although I have been working at NUH since before then.  I started as a Staff Nurse in 1989 and have seen quite a few changes.  My education as a student nurse began in 1984 through the apprenticeship-style scheme.  We worked as auxiliary nurses and learnt ‘on the job’; I remember wearing hats, belts, buckles, and hospital badges.  Thankfully, the hats …

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: 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 …