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The Medical Kit

Perfect if you're studying: Medicine & Surgery, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Midwifery

We’ve put together the perfect starter kit for all the business, marketing and hospitality students starting university this year. We also sit down with Neonatal Nurse for Derian House, Katie, as she talks us through her best tips and tricks to schooling your degree.

Here's what you need...

Lenovo IdeaPad

Up to 10 hours of battery life and a large SSD – what’s not to like? You’ll have a much more smoother ride loading your files, avoiding any hiccups during a crucial time!

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Smart Speaker

Allow your smart speaker to map out your week with handy reminders of upcoming appointments, deadlines and lectures.

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Apple Watch

With such an intense area of study and most involving placements, an Apple Watch will keep you connected to the outside world without the distraction of your phone.

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Microsoft 365 Home and Student

The Microsoft 365 Home and Student bundle is perfect for anyone starting university, regardless of the degree. The majority of coursework will be accepted in the form of a Word document, so this is a great essential for any student.

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No matter the subject, it’s important to keep your tech safe and secure from viruses. The last thing you want is a security threat when you least expect it.

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Meet Katie, Children's Nurse for Derian House

I graduated from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in 2013 with a degree in Pre-registration Nursing (Children) and enjoyed the hands-on and varied nature of her course.

I now work at Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley and am responsible for leading the charity’s service for neonatal babies.

Derian House looks after more than 400 children and young people from across the North West of England, helping children whose lives are too short to make the most of every moment.

I often meet a family before the baby is born and will guide a family through their options at what will be one of the most difficult times of their lives.

Katie's Tips...

Always keep your options open. You may have signed up for a degree in a particular area of study, e.g. children’s nursing, but even in that role, you will be expected to be an advocate for the whole family so expect to be flexible.

Be prepared to work a full 37.5-hour week at placement on top of assignments – you may find you’re putting in a lot more hours than some of your friends on other courses!

Take time out for yourself. You’ll be working full-time and also studying, so it’s easy to run yourself into the ground and want to give up. Make sure you look after yourself and maintain a good work/life balance. You’ll be glad you did as nursing is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world!

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