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Elizabeth Hughes
NTU lectures and the team around them have always operated an individual personal-centred approach. Lectures are very approachable and make you feel you are part of the NTU family.

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Why NTU?

What inspired you to study your subject?

"I was inspired to study BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) to understand my mental health condition. Reflecting on my condition, I noticed physical health nurses and GP lacked sufficient knowledge to understand mental health.

I also wanted to give back to the community, as I realised there were insufficient mental health nurses in the system to support patients in need of this service.

Why did you choose your course and NTU?

"Firstly, I wanted to encourage others that there is life at the end of the tunnel. I also wanted to create more awareness of mental health and facilitate support that allows patients to lead a normal life without prejudices and being labelled.

I choose NTU because of its policy on equality and diversity. They operate a zero tolerance policy for discrimination in any shape or form.

NTU lectures and the team around them have always operated an individual personal-centred approache. Lectures are very approachable and make you feel you are part of the NTU family."

What’s your experience been like in your course so far?

"Very exciting, and it's definitely made me more resilient. I am proud to be one of the first cohorts and I have grown from strength to strength.

Lectures worked as one team to resolve any query I had in a timely manner."

Have you been involved in any projects or extra-curricular activities that have supplemented your studies run through NTU?

"Yes. I attended the Black Leadership programme."

What does Social Sciences mean to you?

"Social science refers to the study of human society and social relationships, utilising various methods and theories to understand human behaviour, social interactions, and the structures that shape society. It encompasses disciplines such as sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, political science, and geography, among others.

Social science seeks to explore and explain patterns, processes, and phenomena related to individuals, groups, communities, and societies in order to gain insights into humans and contribute to our understanding of the social world."

On Placement

Have you completed any work placements on your course?

"I was based in a high security hospital unit. Part of my job and responsibility was to ensure the safety of both patients and the staff team. I had to ensure dailty tasks were communicated well to address patients’ needs.

I enjoyed being involved in the Care Programme Approach (CPA) plan meetings, having therapeutic engagement with patients, attending patient ward rounds and Multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings and being able to facilitate change.

I have built up my therapeutic communication skills, negotiation skills, identifying triggers and providing a solution."

Outside of the Lecture Theatre

Did you find it easy to make friends and settle in at NTU?

"I made friends, especially when I realised, they were some students who had similar circumstances as mine. We meet and discuss some assignments together and take care of each other."

The Next Steps

What’s next for you after NTU?

"Get the PIN and work as a qualified and registered Mental Health Nurse. I also want to do a Masters."

How is NTU helping you to achieve your career goals?

"NTU has changed my life. I now have something to be proud of. NTU has always signposted me with various support."

Advice

What top tips would you give anyone thinking about studying your course at NTU?

"Don’t be afraid to seek help and support from the team around you.

Remember to plan your work-load and facilitate time for breaks, and have some social time for yourself."

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