"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
"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
"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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