ARU Blogs — Abbi

Selfie of Abbi Jordan-Bland, with a snowflake filter, wearing a nurse's uniform

Faculty:Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Nursing and Midwifery

Course: BSc (Hons) Child Nursing

Hi! My name is Abbi and I am currently a second year BSc (Hons) Child Nursing student in Chelmsford. My time is split between learning in university (in lectures and practical skills sessions) and learning in practice in either the wards of hospitals or out in the community.

During my first year of University, I lived on campus and I am currently living in private accommodation with three of my friends I met on campus.

I have already been on placements in a general paediatric ward, a day surgery unit, a neonatal unit and Health visiting. I am about to start my placement in A&E (Accident and emergency.) I have really enjoyed all of my placements so far and have realised through them how committed I am to become a child nurse and how I cannot wait until I am qualified.

During my free time, I work at the university as a student ambassador in a variety of events such as campus tours, nursing interview days and open days. I am also part of the RAG society and committee, a fundraising society, in which we organise events to raise money for our chosen charities such as Amnesty International, East Anglia children’s hospices, books2Africa and AIDS Orphan.

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23 July 2019

In order to learn how to become a paediatric nurse, I have had to do a lot of reading so that I have the knowledge to assess and treat children aged 0-16, as well as support them and their families. Read more…

11 June 2019

At the start of my final year, I was lucky enough to be able to go back to the children’s ward that I had my first placement on as a student nurse. I found this very exciting as it meant that I would be able to see how I have developed since my first year… Read more…

24 April 2019

Going to university has enabled me to gain the experience and knowledge I will need in order to be a children’s nurse; however it has also taught me some very valuable life skills that I will be able to use for the rest of my career… Read more…

21 March 2019

Applying for your first nursing job may sound very scary, however ARU have lots of support to help you gain the job you really want and will enjoy. Where should you start? There is no real order of how you should do it, however there are some requirements you need in order to apply for jobs: Read more…

4 February 2019

Placements are a big part of my child nursing course. So far, I would say that my favourite placement has been the Paediatric Accident and Emergency (A&E) department. Read more…

14 January 2019

Whilst many of us spend Christmas day by the lovely warm fireplace, opening lots of presents and smelling the turkey cooking in the oven, hundreds of children and young people face being in hospital. They battle a range of complex illnesses and new challenges… Read more…

18 December 2018

University has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences I have ever faced. And at ARU, there are lots of places student can go for support. Read more…

18 December 2018

There are a variety of ways that child nursing students learn the skills we need before we going out into our placement settings. One of most practical ways we learn is through our skills labs. Read more…

13 August 2018

Something that has always scared me about being at university is when my university tutor says that our next module is an ESSAY!!! Read more…


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