Being on a nursing course means that you return to university a week earlier than other students. I came back to Plymouth very early in September due to my course, and also so I could get a few rugby games in before the university rugby season starts.
I have started playing for a local club called Devonport Services RFC, which is based at the Rectory in Devonport. The coaches at this club are also the University Rugby Club coaches. This is a club with a big link to the Royal Navy and contains many players from the Navy, alongside a number of people who work in the dockyards of Plymouth. It is great to play rugby and get to know more people around Plymouth.
My university course started with a particularly interesting module based upon management and leadership in nursing. This module highlights that as a newly qualified nurse it is important that we can build upon these skills, and develop them in our course. Having other student nurses from different fields in this module allows me to get a great insight into how they think, and how they cope with management and leadership situations whilst on placement. In the second week of term, we started a Critical Care Nursing module which is very insightful, I have thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to learning about it.
Another enjoyable part about being back at university is that there is the return of Freshers’ Week, even as a third year there is still lots to get involved in. We had the sports fair on the Wednesday of Freshers’ Week where I was part of the team trying to get as many people signed up to the University of Plymouth Men’s Rugby Club as possible. I am also on committee this year, and have had to organise the health and safety aspects of the club; this role involves making sure all the first aid bags are stocked up and all the risk assessments have been completed for our activities.