Yvonne Simpson Yvonne Simpson

Age

38

Course

BSc Learning Disabilities Nursing

What motivated you to return to learning at UEA?

I wanted to accomplish my long term desire to be a nurse. I took an Access to Nursing course to give me the foundation I needed to study at degree level before applying. I first heard about UEA from my family and friends and looking into it, it seemed the obvious choice. I know it is an excellent university for nursing with great employability prospects after graduation.

How have you found your time at UEA?

I love the course here at UEA – the lecturers are really engaging and you can tell that they are passionate about the subject. Studying nursing is both interesting and personally rewarding. As part of my course I have been put on placement in a children’s ward, which has allowed me to put the theory I have learnt into practice and also given me a taste of what it is like to work at a hospital as part of a multi-disciplinary team. It has been challenging at times – I am the mother of four young children (three boys and a girl) so it has not been easy, but with good planning and prioritising I managed to balance my commitments and make the most of this great opportunity.

What are your plans for the future?

After I have graduated I want to continue working with children with learning disabilities and further my training to become a health visitor.