ARU Blogs — Caroline Buttress

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Faculty:Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Nursing and Midwifery

Course: BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

Hi, I'm Caroline and I'm a second-year student nurse based at Peterborough campus.  I live about 15 miles away from campus with my husband and four children........Yes four children!!!  As you can imagine, juggling family life, study and placements is definitely a challenge, but who doesn't love a challenge?

Studying at ARU so far has been a real pleasure.  The staff and students alike are friendly and approachable and I've made some really good friends along the way.

My allocated placements have vastly varied from surgical, to dementia care, care of the dying and emergency mental health care.  Each placement has been very different and enjoyable in their own right, but I have particularly enjoyed care of the dying.  I realise that 'enjoyed' probably sounds like an odd choice of word, but looking after an individual in their final days, truly is a rewarding and privileged position to be in.

I'm fully aware that I juggle a lot, so for this reason I think it's really important to find time to unwind, reflect and put things into perspective.  To achieve this, I don a pair of trainers and run for as long as is necessary, or if I'm feeling particularly hardcore, I prune up in a hot bath with a decent book.  

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9 March 2018

Ok let’s not pretend, in an ideal world I would’ve left college back in 2001 and begun my nurse training there and then. Let’s face it, it would have been far less complicated. Read more…


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