Hannah Newstead, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, placement opportunities
London South Bank University (LSBU) students benefit from the professional networks the University has in place with leading professional institutions. Our adult nursing students use our strong connections to some of the best hospitals in the world. Hannah Newstead, second year BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing student, certainly values the vital experience:
LSBU is renowned for its nursing courses with access to state-of-the-art equipment, excellent teaching and connections with some of the best London teaching hospitals. It was always my first choice.
World-leading hospital placements
At LSBU, practical experience is gained in some of the city's most renowned hospitals; Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, University College London Hospital (UCLH), Queen's Hospital, King George Hospital and Barts Health NHS Trust.
UCLH, is one of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK providing first-class acute and specialist services in seven hospitals. Its innovative approach means it leads the way for treating patients in specialised hospitals all over the country.
Hannah's placements both took place in parts of the UCLH. First was at the Heart Hospital Acute Medical Unit (AMU), one of the UK's major cardiac centres at the forefront of national and international research. The other was at the National Hospital for Neurology – the UK's largest dedicated neurological and neurosurgical hospital. These offered different learning opportunities and challenges which developed her ability and skills to be a nurse. Read more about our NHS partners.
Growing personally and professionally
On completing the placements, Hannah believes they've enabled her to develop as a professional and compassionate nurse. After graduation she will already know what is expected of her on a daily basis. 'I have now grown personally and professionally to be a nurse who holds the core value of assisting patients to return to normal lives.'
She is pursuing a career in nursing because it is 'dynamic, challenging and no day is ever the same. Hannah explains, 'This profession offers the chance to help people, make a difference and never stop learning. The teaching by the lecturers is first class because many still practice so we get up-to-date clinical teaching. Their experiences give insight into how a clinical area runs and challenges that can be encountered.'
The placements students undertake means that many want to, and are able to return to the hospitals where they were placed after graduation. Others are well-positioned to take up a career somewhere new, with those graduating from Adult Nursing traditionally having very strong career prospects once they have left LSBU.
Hannah's aim is to return to UCLH and work in a clinical area or ward. She found her placement so beneficial she wants to continue developing there. She adds that 'LSBU offers lots of support and education on how to apply for jobs and interview techniques. Advisors and lecturers are always on hand to offer support and advice.'
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