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Kirsty Hyslop

MSc Advanced Practice

Why did you decide to study a postgraduate course?

Having completed my Diploma in Nursing and then Bachelor of Nursing many years ago, I felt I needed to explore my knowledge of nursing at a higher professional level. I applied for a promotion at work (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) and the Advanced Practice Masters seemed to accompany the level I was working at.

What attracted you to Stirling?

I thoroughly enjoyed my previous Diploma and Degree work at Stirling and felt an affinity to the campus and the staff who have helped me in the past. The modules sounded interesting and dynamic and the option of distance learning fitted in to my personal and work balance.

What have you enjoyed most about your time at the University of Stirling?

Having been away from further education for over 10 years, I was anxious about getting back to studying and being a student again. The staff who coordinate and teach the modules are so enthusiastic and helpful that I felt completely at ease.

Which aspects of the programme have you enjoy the most?

During the modules, I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with other professionals through the on-line forums and discussion opportunities. Although we are all distance learning from varying specialities and countries, I never felt alone and was welcomed into the groups and made to feel part of a team. This made for a good balance of theory and discussion and encouraged us to reflect on our own areas of practice more readily.

Do you think the degree has made you more employable, or better prepared for further study? If yes, what are the key skills? What contacts/networks have you made in your time at Stirling?

On completion of my Masters in Advanced Practice, I feel the programme will give me a broader grounding in my profession and helped me to draw on skills and knowledge which I have taken for granted previously. The course encourages us to question our practice and improve it by research and evaluation. This is a key skill in any workplace environment.

What advice would you give a student considering studying at Stirling?

Stirling is a fantastic place to study, I am now on my third programme of study here spanning almost 20 years on completion! It is a friendly and beautiful campus with enthusiastic and innovative staff.

How would you summarise your time at Stirling?

It has been hard work returning to study, however, this has encouraged me to look at my practice in a new light and hope others will follow.

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