The right course at the right time: becoming a mature nursing student

A former teacher on overcoming the challenges in choosing a nursing career later in life
Mature student

Former teacher Lenka Huntley on overcoming the challenges associated with choosing a nursing career later in life

People with life experience are supposed to be valuable assets to the nursing profession, yet their numbers are steadily in decline. Since the removal of the NHS bursary for nursing degree courses in England in 2017, the number of mature students applying to study nursing has fallen significantly.

This is hardly a surprise, given the financial hardship nursing students face during their demanding course. If you are a mature student, you are more likely to have dependents and less likely to have backup from your parents.