We caught up with BSc Nursing student Darryl Geegan on pursuing his passion for nursing, where he’s headed next and why he chose to #LearnLocal with UHI.
What made you choose nursing with UHI?
Nursing is what I have always wanted to end up doing with my life. Exiting a 16-year-long career in hospitality during the COVID-19 pandemic put things firmly into perspective for me, and so I knew that it was my time to pursue my dreams.
I also live in Inverness, so it was only natural to me that I’d do my nursing degree where I could feel at home too. I already knew that UHI had a fantastic reputation and delivered an exceptional nursing programme, so there was never any doubt in my choice to stay and study here.
How have your student placements been so far?
I have been lucky enough to partake in a huge variety of placements in different clinical environments, which all offered their own unique learning opportunities. I have even been able to work alongside specialist nurses, ANP’s and consultants, which has helped enhance my knowledge in their respective areas of expertise.
What are your favourite things about UHI?
The modern campus, the beautiful location, and the exceptional academic staff!
What’s next for you?
I would like to enter a position where ongoing learning and development is encouraged. I plan to advance in my career when the time is right, so it’s important to me that I have appropriate opportunities to gain the expertise needed to progress.
As Adult Nursing students, we cover a broad range of health conditions within our learning materials. This has equipped me with enough knowledge to confidently enter a workplace environment, ready to keep on learning!
And finally, is there anything else you’d like to share?
I would recommend the UHI nursing course to anybody considering a career in nursing, whether as a school-leaver or a mature student. If you’re compassionate, caring and want to make a difference to people’s lives, UHI’s nursing course is for you!