Nursing Standard podcast: Swansea university students reflect on training experience

Third year student Rebecca Read talks through training, placements and why a personal experience cemented her decision to specialise in children's nursing.

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  • 8:55 – Swansea nursing students

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Think of a dissolvable stitch as an ice cube in a warm cup of water, third year nursing student Rebecca told a worried child during one of her placements.

For Rebecca, the opportunity to be involved in a children’s nursing is a rewarding experience which presents new challenges to embrace every day.

On this week’s Nursing Standard podcast the third year student explains what life has been like learning in Wales, alongside three colleagues from different year groups and fields.

Rebecca applied to be a nurse after she helped support a boy she witnessed get hit by a car.

‘I was able to form a bond with him and from then on I decided I wanted to work with children and young people,' she said.

‘I knew I had it in me to do that so I applied to do children’s nursing and have fallen in love with it.’

Innovative ways of thinking

She said children’s nursing calls for innovative ways of thinking and explaining things to patients.

‘I think I was once explained to a child their dissolvable stitches were like ice cubes in a cup of warm water and that empowered them to understand their care, their body and their illness.’

Rebecca was speaking alongside three fellow nursing students at Swansea University.

Listen to the full interview above and hear more from the students on topics including mentorship, placements and finance.

Catch up on previous episodes this season