Undergraduate prize-winner Laura Gallagher from Napier University talks to us about community mental health nursing.
I am a 2nd year mental health nursing student who has been lucky enough to have had some fantastic community placements. Community nursing struck a chord with me straight away. From first setting foot through the door of placement; I knew I was going to like it! I really enjoy the personal aspect; hearing people’s story and the autonomy that community nursing allows the service user to have.
I found out I had won the Queens Nursing Institute Scotland prize through an email from the programme leader at Uni. I had no idea I had been nominated for it and read the email about 5 times before phoning my Mum to tell her! I feel really honoured to be recognised and to receive the prize. When you are on placement you often feel like ten weeks is not long enough to make an impression or build a relationship. This just proves people are paying attention, and will reward hard work and dedication!
After graduating, I want to secure a job I love as much as I have done some of my placements. I hope that I will find my perfect job where I can learn something new every day and continue to work with some amazing people: both colleagues and service users.