When I was younger I had never considered a career in nursing, despite a close family member being a senior nurse. It wasn’t for me, or so I thought. A temporary position as a healthcare assistant soon changed my perspective – for the first time I felt as if I was doing something that actually mattered, I was making a difference to peoples’ lives.
A couple of years later, after my children were born, I applied and became a student nurse at Western Isles Campus. Now, three years later, I know it has all been worth it. Yes, the course can be hard work at times, and there were occasions where I had doubts about whether I was doing the right thing, but I can honestly say I have made the correct choice and the training received, including placements in a variety of clinical settings has prepared me for the realities of working as a nurse. As a male nursing student, I was definitely in the minority, even more so given that I am now in my 30s, however, I never felt ostracised or stereotyped at all. It’s lovely to hear feedback from patients telling you that they wish there were more male nurses!
I wanted to work in the community initially – caring for people in their own homes as an independent practitioner. In years to come I fully intend to take advantage of all learning opportunities available and plan to return to study MSc Advanced Practice.
Nursing is not a career where you can just do your degree and that’s you, it’s continual learning and I want to maintain my relationship with the University of Stirling. It’s not only to fulfil the requirement for learning, but also for my own personal satisfaction as expanded knowledge will allow me to care for my patients more competently.