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John Sarsfield

Diploma in Mental Health Nursing

I chose to study at Stirling as the course has an excellent reputation, a fantastic campus and exceptional facilities – I relocated from London especially to join this course! It has the advantage of being based over three campuses, which means you have easy, online access to a wealth of learning material.

The teaching methods helped guide and structure my learning in a stimulating and innovative way. I particularly enjoyed the clinical skills sessions as they provided an opportunity to practice skills in small groups, creating a safe and supportive environment in which to learn. The staff are all experts in their field and there were opportunities to learn from my peers as well.

During my final year of study, I contributed to a group book review with fellow nursing students. This exciting opportunity certainly helped distinguish my CV and I successfully found a job almost immediately on graduating. It is opportunities like these that I feel make the course unique.

Nursing at Stirling has definitely prepared me for the demands of the profession. The course has greatly increased my confidence and equipped me with the core knowledge, skills and competencies expected of a newly registered mental health nurse. All my time at University and on clinical placements has been a valuable learning experience, and I would recommend the course to anyone considering a career in mental health nursing.

John graduated in 2011

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