We’ve put together the perfect starter kit for all the 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.
Up to 10 hours of battery life and a large SSD to help maintain speeds – what’s not to like? You’ll have a much smoother ride loading any files and completing theory work. This is a brilliant all-rounder for those subjects that don’t require specific software or apps.
Life in a hospital, surgery, hospice, or pharmacy is sure to be a busy one, so practice your organisational skills now with a smart speaker to map out your week. You can set it up with handy reminders of upcoming appointments, deadlines and lectures.
The medical subjects often require a high level of concentration, with many areas of study also involving placements. An Apple Watch will keep you connected to the outside world without the distraction of your phone.
The Microsoft 365 Home and Student bundle is an absolute must for anyone starting university, regardless of the degree. It includes all the classics - Word, Excel, and PowerPoint – so you can complete all kinds of assignments, take lecture notes and so much more!
The last thing you want is a security threat when you’ve got deadlines to hit. McAfee is super-efficient anti-virus software that offers total protection for PCs, Macs, Smartphones and Tablets. No matter what you’re studying, it’s important to keep your tech safe from viruses.
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 the course.
I now work at Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley and I’m 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.
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. You could be doing this on top of assignments and 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!