Grace Brown and Ellie Spanton - Student Nurses

StudentNurses230x325"I always wanted to be a nurse," said 23-year-old Oxford Brookes University student Grace Brown.

Along with friend Ellie Spanton, the pair are just two of more than 100 students from the Swindon-based university who are currently working with staff and patients at the Great Western Hospital to gain the skills and experience needed to gain full nursing registration. 

"I live in Swindon, so being able to do my on-the-ward training at GWH is perfect as it means I don't have to travel far and can do all my studying while living at home," said Grace. 

Ellie agreed: "This is my local hospital, it's right on my doorstep and I don't have to bother with complicated travel arrangements. With everything else going on in my studies, it's one less thing to worry about." 

Currently, more than 80 per cent of graduating nurses from Oxford Brookes will start their NHS career on the wards at GWH. 

"Every ward I've worked on has been so welcoming and the support I've received from staff has been invaluable. I can't wait to come back when I'm fully qualified," said Grace. 

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