Welcome from the Head of the Academy of Nursing
"If like me, you or someone close to you has experienced being a patient, you will know that nursing matters to all of us, as people, patients and carers. Nurses help us do things we normally take for granted, things that we struggle to do when illness gets in the way. These might appear to be very basic activities like washing, going to the toilet, drinking, eating, or merely being comfortable. But these things are vital to our wellbeing.
Nurses also give us highly technical help when we are very seriously unwell. Nurses will be by our side constantly, carefully monitoring our health and watching over us with care and compassion. Highly skilled and knowledgeable, nurses work with patients, listen to them, involve them and their carers in planning their care, and provide confident help where it is most needed. Nurses provide reassurance to us in our darkest times and share our joys in our brightest.
In Exeter, our nurses will do all this and more. The Exeter nurse knows that there can be no health without mental health. She or he knows that being a registered nurse includes effective team leadership, inspiring confidence and leading by example. Nurses on our courses will be scientists as well as practitioners. They will find, use and produce the research evidence that ensures their patients get the best care possible. Exeter nurses will also understand the importance of global health, culture and reducing differences in health caused by disadvantage and inequality. Exeter nurses will be pioneers.
If this sounds like you, then we want to hear from you. Come and join our community of students, clinicians and scientists. Come and be an Exeter nurse."
Professor David Richards
Head of the Academy of Nursing
Professor of Mental Health Services Research and NIHR Senior Investigator