Meet our students
Read about the experiences of students studying in the Department of Child & Family Health.
"When I was at school, I applied for medicine (and won a place at the University of Aberdeen). However after shadowing doctors, I realised I wanted more continuity and continued patient contact. I had also shadowed nurses and saw them walk alongside patients throughout their healthcare journey and experience the best and the worst with them. It was then I decided being a nurse was for me.
Once I knew I wanted to study nursing, I wanted a world class university with a reputation of excellence - I looked no further than King’s! I wanted to be at distinguished hospitals like Guys & St. Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, University College London Hospital & Imperial College London Hospital – nowhere else could offer me all of these.
The course is a mix of blocks of university work interspaced with blocks of clinical placements; we have high spec clinical simulation labs, which are definitely my favourite ‘haunt’ while at uni! The course isn’t like other university courses and being a student nurse (and a nurse for that matter) is a lifestyle, not just a subject… however King’s offer us support with every aspect of our life, to ensure we continue to strive.
While on placement you won’t normally attend uni but work alongside the qualified nurses in hospital wards, in the community and in specialist areas like A&E, Paediactric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) & Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). So far I’ve been placed at Beach Ward (renal) and Savannah Dragonfly Ward (neurology and metabolics) at the Evelina Children’s Hospital London. Both placements helped me put university theory into practice and understand that what we were learning in biology would be applied to real life people! The placements make you begin to feel like a ‘real nurse’. Taking your first step onto a ward is daunting however, for me, it never gets old and coming to work is always a pleasure.
When you’ve finished your time at Kings, being a Florence Nightingale Nurse (Yes! Once upon a time this was her nursing school!) and a King’s Nurse, means employers know the rigor that you have gone through in your training and they know you have the backing of good lecturers and excellent placements behind you, meaning you’re very appealing when it comes to job searches!"
Jamie, BSc Children's Nursing student
Take a look at our Child & Family Health Nursing blog where students share their future ambitions and reasons for choosing King's.