Interview With A Postgraduate Nursing Student



Jenny Corbett is a 24 year old postgraduate nursing student at the University of Southampton. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology in 2010 from the University of York.

Tell us a bit about your course.I am a student nurse on the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing at the University of Southampton. It’s a pre-registration course that leads to qualification as a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  Most nursing courses are three years long, but the postgraduate diploma is only two.

What qualifications do you need to get on this course?To apply for the postgraduate diploma you need to have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree in any subject. I studied Sociology as my first degree and volunteered in a special needs school. Some kind of care experience is helpful when applying to be a nurse as it will show your dedication to the career. After applying, there is an interview process, which involves a group selection day where selected applicants take part in a maths test, a literacy test and a group debate.

What does your course cover?The course covers all the basics required to be a nurse in the UK. This involves blocks of lectures in life sciences and conceptual issues, practical skills sessions to allow us to practise things like injection technique and basic life support, and work placements in hospitals and community settings.

Could you talk us through the different types of nursing?To be a nurse in the UK, you choose to apply for one of four ‘branches’. These are Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability. I’m doing Adult Nursing, which means I can work with any patients over the age of 18, most often in a hospital or community setting. Child nurses work with anybody under the age of 18. Mental Health nurses work specifically with adults or children with a mental health condition, and Learning Disability nurses work mainly in the community with both adults and children with a learning disability.

Talk us through your average day.During the theory modules, a typical day would involve a full day of lectures and/or skills sessions at the university, between 9am and 5pm. During placements, a typical day varies.