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Jackson Owen

MNSW Children's Nursing and Social Work

Jackson Owen MNSW Children's Nursing and Social Work student

Providing care to children is a uniquely rewarding experience, and requires a special approach. I've learnt the importance of effective communication and empathy. Being able to listen attentively and communicate in a way they understand is crucial.

I’m passionate about caring for others, especially vulnerable populations like children. My inspiration for a career in nursing comes from personal experiences, witnessing the impact that compassionate and skilled nurses can have on patients and their families during difficult times.

Providing care to children is a uniquely rewarding experience. It requires a special approach. Children may not fully understand their medical condition or why they’re in hospital. Being able to make a positive impact on a child’s wellbeing and development is incredibly fulfilling.

I’ve learnt the importance of effective communication and empathy in paediatric nursing. Children may have difficulty expressing their feelings, so being able to listen attentively and communicate in a way they understand is crucial to providing the best care possible.

Social work and child nursing has been both challenging and rewarding. The most challenging aspect has been balancing academic studies with practical placements. The most rewarding aspect has been the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families. Being able to offer comfort, support, and care to young patients during their stay in hospital.

I had the opportunity to work at both the Prince’s Trust. I helped disadvantaged young people develop life skills and access opportunities for personal growth. It was inspiring to see how a supportive environment and mentorship can empower young people to overcome challenges and achieve their potential.

And I was part of the paediatric nursing team at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Witnessing the bravery of children facing medical procedures and the dedication of healthcare professionals was truly inspiring. I administered medication and provided emotional support to young patients and their families, amongst other responsibilities.

The NHS represents the embodiment of compassion, dedication, and equal access to healthcare for all. It’s a symbol of the collective effort to ensure the wellbeing of our entire population, regardless of their background or income.

The facilities at Edge Hill are phenomenal: a state-of-the-art medical simulation centre – the CSSC; a fully equipped library; easily accessible support services; a new sports centre. The campus even has a cinema which regularly offers free tickets for students.

The best part of living on campus is the people you meet. You are immersed in the university experience. And I love making lasagne. I don’t often have the time to do this but whenever I get the chance, this is always my go-to. The worst part would have to be fire alarm waking you up after socials early on a Thursday morning.

My favourite place on campus would have to be the Catalyst rooftop garden. The views are stunning and it’s a great place to spend your lunchtime. Up until May the campus is lively, with regular events scheduled by the Students’ Union. It quiets down after this – and then you can really experience the beauty of the campus. I enjoy spending time outdoors, going for walks in Ruff Woods, or simply sitting by the lakes on campus to help me unwind. Reading books and creative hobbies like painting and music also help. And spending quality time with family and friends is another great way to relax and recharge.

My advice to new students? Invest in yourself. Spending time on self-care and learning things outside my area of practice has been vital in maintaining my commitment to the course, avoiding burnout. I recently read The Heartland: Finding and Losing Schizophrenia by Nathan Filer, five people’s real life experiences of schizophrenia. Each story is followed by a therapist’s analysis of the case. An amazing read for anyone interested in mental health.

I plan to spend a month in Vietnam with Work the World at the end of my third year. As well as discovering how they approach surgical and paediatric care needs, I’ll also have an opportunity to spend a week practicing in a rural village, learning about traditional medicine and how they treat conditions.