Health and Social Care student Abigail Ryding was invited to speak at the North Nursing Conference 2016, held at the Midland Hotel, Manchester.
The conference was attended by a large audience of NHS health professionals and student nurses, including an NHS Clinical Commissioner, senior nurses from northern NHS trusts and as representatives from NHS Finance.
Abigail, who aspires to a future career as a nurse and plans to study nursing at university, voiced her opinions on student funding and explained her decision to opt for a course with tuition fees, rather than an NHS funded university place.
Abigail said, “I chose to take on tuition fees due to the smaller class sizes, as I felt that this would allow staff more time to dedicate to one to one teaching and additional support, on what will be an extremely demanding course. I understand that repaying a student loan is a huge responsibility, however, this worry is very much overshadowed by my strong ambition to become the best nurse I can possibly be.”
After the event, Abigail reported back to her extremely proud tutors, “It was so nerve wracking speaking in front of such a large audience! I tried not to focus on just how influential the people in the room were and instead concentrated on getting my points across without making any mistakes!”
We wish Abigail the best of luck as she takes the next steps towards embarking upon her dream career and we are certain that her achievements at the conference will serve her well in the future.