About us

1st Year Adult Field Nurse Natasha Wragg

3rd Year Adult Field Nurse Natasha Wragg

  • I was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Hong Kong.
  • I started the degree straight out of Sixth Form and lived in Oak House, I then transitioned to a big student house in Fallowfield and now live in Stretford with my Fianceé.
  • I love ward settings, especially Day case units where you get to meet dozens of patients every day.
  • I chose Manchester because I love the city itself and the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work is one of the best in the country.
  • Why I nurse: Having not had a clean bill of health myself I relish the opportunity to be there for someone when they really need your support.


3rd Year Child Field Student Nurse Kim Smith

  • Hi! My name is Kim and I’m a final year student children’s nurse.
  • I am originally from Manchester though moved into student accommodation where I currently live with 5 other student nurses.
  • Since deciding to be a nurse there was never any doubt over which field I wanted to study, I always new I wanted to be a children’s nurse.
  • I am currently particularly interested in working in a children’s emergency department.
  • Why I nurse: I always knew I needed to have a career where I made a difference; I wanted to help people through the worst days of their life. Therefore, nursing is a perfect career for me as it provides a way for me to use my compassionate and organised nature to care for people. I want to be there for children and help them through negative experiences, whilst also supporting distressed and tired parents.


3rd Year Adult Field Student Nurse Shayma Begum

  • Hi there, my name is Shayma, 22 years old.
  • I originally wanted a career in Clinical Psychology and completed a degree in Psychology at UOM, however my heart was with Nursing.
  • I am a book-a-holic and have a dream of owning a house full of books! I can be happily lost in another world for hours.
  • I enjoy hiking, the silence of the mountains is what I love. To conquer my fear of heights, I took on a bungee jump challenge. My fear has grown. Once I stayed up for three days straight to finish the last season of LOST, you can imagine the size of my eye-bags
  • My interest lies in Emergency Care, I like to be kept busy and think on my feet.
  • Why I Nurse: My motto is prevention is better than cure, the more people understand about their illness, more likely to take better care of themselves

  • Hi! I’m Nicola, a 27 year old Student Children’s Nurse


    3rd Year Child Field Student Nurse Nicola Arnill

  • I have a previous degree in Graphic Design at Huddersfield Uni where I wrote my dissertation on Unhealthy food, packaged & marketed misleadingly as healthy, targeting children.
  • I attempt to play the drums, attempt to draw and attempt to write poetry!
  • Why I nurse: I’ve always had a desire to care for children but didn’t know which career I was suited to until I traveled and learnt the value of the NHS. My mum trained as a nurse as well but what really made me realize I wanted to nurse for sure was my urge to help the children I saw who couldn’t afford access to basic health care in South East Asia.

  • Hi! My name is Kate and I’m a newly qualified nurse working as a community staff

    Newly qualified adult nurse Kate 


  • I took a year out between A-levels and Uni to travel New Zealand, which has inspired me to travel with my nursing degree! I’m aiming for Australia and Sweden currently
  • My personal hobbies include: binge watching TV shows, dog walking, buying endless plants and running.
  • I’m especially passionate about sexual health, wound care and end of life care.
  • Why I nurse: I’ve wanted to be a nurse since I was 11; I absolutely love meeting and talking to new people, plus the human body is so fascinating!


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    2nd Year Adult Field Student Catherine Bates

    Hi, my name is Catherine, I’m 28 years old and nursing is a change of career for me, having previously worked in charity communications.

  • When I qualify I hope to work in the community or as a GP practice nurse, but I love the variety of health settings you see on placement.
  • Why I nurse? Growing up I was a carer for my mum, so after leaving home I knew I wanted to work in a caring profession in one shape or another. After six years behind a desk I was desperate to do something more practical and hands-on – nursing ticked all the boxes!

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    1st Year Mental Health Nurse Abbie Kennedy

    I’m a local lass, as I was born and grew up in Manchester.

  • Manchester is such a brilliant city to live and study in, I decided to move into the city centre for uni because it’s so diverse and interesting.
  • When I’m not doing uni work or on placement you’ll probably find me with a cup of tea watching medical shows or on Canal Street (also if you get the chance I would fully recommend going to Manchester’s Pride parade, it shows how accepting and fun it is round here!)
  • I am very passionate about helping young adults who often find transitioning from child and adolescent mental health services to adult support networks difficult.
  • Why I nurse: I have personal experience of living with anxiety and depression and after many years volunteering for a local mental health charity for young people I realised I wanted to help other people understand and manage their conditions by becoming a mental health nurse

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Heather Norton Graduate – Cohort of 2013

  • I turn 36 this year and am originally from America, but I have lived in the North of England for over 15 years now.
  • When I qualify, I plan to work as an anaesthetic and recovery nurse in operating theatres.
  • I am also keen to do my mentorship training and look forward to supporting future student nurses.
  • My personal hobbies include reading Japanese manga and cycling with my husband on our tandem bike.
  • Why I nurse: I love the different challenges nursing presents me every day. Each patient is unique and ensuring high quality, person-centred care keeps me on my toes!


Julia Cooper Graduate – Cohort of 2013

  • I’m Julia I’m what they call and ‘adult returner’ to education. In other words I’m older than the average student and it takes me a lot longer to recover from a night out drinking.
  • I chose mental health nursing as it fascinates me. We are all different and all experience things differently and I love that about people.
  • I live locally with my family and l like to listen to rock music. I go to gigs when I can although that’s not as often as I like as I have a wonderful son who is too young yet to drag with me.
  • I hope you get a lot of support and guidance out of this site and it inspires you on your journey through your studies and beyond.


Gina Williams Graduate – Cohort of 2013

  • I’ve just turned 23 and I’m originally from Yorkshire but I’ve spent the past 5 years living in Manchester.
  • I’d just finished a Biomedical Sciences degree before starting Nursing here, Manchester is such an amazing city (despite being in Lancashire!) and I didn’t want to move anywhere else!
  • When I qualify I’d like to work in research and combine my previous experience with Nursing skills to help make research more directly applicable to improving patient care.
  • I’m a massive bookworm and have definitely missed my bus stop more than once on the way to placement because I’ve been in the middle of a good chapter!
  • Why I nurse: I’ve always been interested in human biology and the science behind health but seeing the amazing care my grandma received at a Sue Ryder hospice made me realise that the human touches behind nursing care can make the world of difference.


Kevin Boyle Graduate – Cohort of 2013

  • I’m Kevin. I’m 27 and I’m from Northern Ireland. Before starting nursing I worked in banking, retail, education and finance. I’ve also been to Uni before and have a degree in English Literature and Byzantine Studies.
  • I’m a bit of a geek and nerd. I love reading, gaming and binging on Netflix (I’ve just finished Orange if the new black and now I’m hooked on Once upon a time!) I also have 7 tattoos but I have a feeling that number may double before I’m 30.
  • I’m part of the Adult branch and my interests lie in oncology and palliative care (which translates into cancer and end of life nursing).
  • Why I nurse : My mum passed away after suffering from aggressive lung cancer. The nursing care she received was absolutely fantastic and inspired me to begin my own training.

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1st Year Student Midwife Samantha Phillis

  • Hi, my name is Samantha Phillis aka “cherubmammablog”, I’m a first year student midwife.
  • I am 40 years old born & bred in Wrexham but have lived with my Nottingham born husband in Stockport for 13 years
  • I am a very lucky mum of 3 boys, a Proud Welsh rugby loving socialist, WI president, Sewing enthusiast, runner, knitter, crafter, reader, baker & chronic insomniac (handy with all those hobbies!!)
  • Midwifery is my second degree after a previous degree in psychology from Swansea uni, a diploma in counselling and a career in education & counselling
  • Why Midwifery: Having been preoccupied with conception, pregnancy & childbirth since a very young age (not many 5 year olds have Miriam Stoppard books on their bedside tables!) I was called back to my passion for all things midwifery following some major life changes! I chose Manchester because it is convenient for where I live and I felt drawn to their reputation for high quality research and sound academia.

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    1st Year Student Midwife Jennifer Pountain

    Hi, I’m Jennifer Pountain, I’m from South Manchester and I’m a 1st year student Midwife.

  • I’m a Mum to 3 beautiful children, lover of music, politics, sociology and anything related to midwifery and women’s rights and health.
  • Why Midwifery: I remember being asked this at my interview – Easy – Women amaze me! Our resilience, our power, our ability to care and I wanted to support women at their most vulnerable.

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