Lucy Barzilay

Learning Disability Nursing BSc (Hons)

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  • Year of Study: Second year
  • Length of course: Three years

Your University Journey

Why did you decide to study at the University of Northampton?

Because of the new campus, the nursing courses and the opportunity to travel abroad to complete placements. The University is a 40-minute drive to my home via the M1 so is easily accessible.

What are your career goals/aspirations?

My goals and career aspirations change, but ideally I’d like to work my way up within Learning Disability nursing, and to possibly study further to increase my skills learnt within this degree and specialise. I also would consider becoming a lecturer at the University in the future to assist like-minded students, to inspire them to complete a Learning Disability Nursing degree, and to consider the options open to them after their degree finishes and they qualify.

How do you think your studies will help your career or personal development when you graduate?

So far, my studies have taught me a number of things, including my attributes and weaknesses, as well as improving my time management skills.

Which, if any, skills and knowledge/understanding gained on your degree do you feel will be most useful in your future career?

Understanding of cultures; understanding of people; increasing my empathy; learning different nursing skills; communication.

Your placement

Does your course offer a placement?

Yes. I’m about to undertake another placement – there are three placements a year! I’ve been requesting my placements since I started my course and this time I’m able to complete a placement that I’m very excited and passionate about. I’ve ended up working at my last placement location and I’m grateful for this opportunity from them.

Please describe how your placement benefitted you?

I was lucky enough to be selected for the placement abroad and went to Denmark this year. This particular placement taught me about different cultures, communication, and techniques, and ensured I can thrive as an individual undertaking a placement with strangers in a different environment overseas.

What employability skills did you develop during your placement?

Communications; practical skills; technology skills; LD specialised skills; professionalism; integrity and many more.

How do you think the placement will help you with gaining employment after graduating?

I know the placement will help me with employment because I’ve been able to have a ‘trial’ within the working environments which I would go into, and learnt ample knowledge and skills from this, as well and broadening my communication skills and work ethics.

Do you have any tips on applying for or getting the most benefit from your placement?

Be open, curious, friendly and professional. Ask questions, don’t assume, do your research and have fun!

What advice would you give a student about to begin a placement?
  • Be prepared and find out what you need for placement.
  • Get set up the evening/day before, so you are prepared and have no worries.
  • Have a specific notebook/diary for each placement.
  • Take notes and research and always be open to learning more.
  • Everyone is nervous before a placement – it’s normal, so try to relax and enjoy yourself.

Extra-curricular activities

Are you currently involved in any community or volunteering projects?

Yes, I’m a course rep for Learning Disability Nursing.

Your advice

In one sentence, what advice would you give to undergraduates interested in this career path or anything you wish you had known earlier?

Always try to stay on top of your work and be prepared – allow yourself to learn from new situations and remember that any uncomfortable situation is just temporary and you have the support and guidance around you to succeed and flourish, trust me it’s all worth it!

How would you summarise your UON experience?

My lecturers and personal tutor are always there for me when I need them, I enjoy the facilities at Waterside Campus and the experience I’m having.