BSc Adult Nursing - Scotland
Mother-of-three Sarah Hogg was inspired to study a BSc Adult Nursing at the University after enjoying her time working to support adults with autism.
"I have always had a great respect for nursing staff - the positive impact they have on people's lives and the support they provide to patients - and this inspired me to follow my dreams and apply to Stirling," she said.
Sarah completed an Access to Degree Studies programme before embarking upon the three-year course - which saw her volunteer to join the NHS frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"After discussing the options and risks with my husband and family, I decided to support my NHS colleagues and undertake my placement during the pandemic. I joined a local district nursing team and supported patients at home, including administering medication, treating chronic wounds, and supporting palliative patients.
"I feel extremely privileged to have completed my final clinical placement during this pandemic - and have grown emotionally, developing professional resilience and furthering my skills and knowledge."
Sarah is hugely grateful for the support of her lecturers and tutors, describing the teaching she received as being "second to none".
"I honestly can't thank the lecturers enough for the support and encouragement that they provided to me, and my fellow students, ensuring we received academic, clinical and emotional support," she said."
Describing her time at Stirling as "phenomenal, interesting and challenging", Sarah has now secured employment as a primary care nurse in a prison setting.
"I completed a clinical placement there in first year and knew that was where I wanted to work when I graduated," Sarah added. "The clinical environment is unique and requires a wide range of skills and knowledge - every day is different! I work within a very welcoming and encouraging team who have supported my transition from student to newly-qualified nurse."