Student nurse picks up First Class degree after fighting Covid-19 pandemic on NHS front line

A student nurse has graduated with a First Class Honours degree after spending three months working on the NHS front line battling the coronavirus outbreak.

Monday, 13th July 2020, 7:00 am

After finishing her Adult Nursing Practice degree in March, 26-year-old Hayley Fairweather jumped straight into action as an Emergency Department staff nurse at South Tyneside District Hospital – helping to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

And now she has graduated from the University of Sunderland with a First Class Honours degree.

Hayley has already served with the 251 Medical Squadron while studying, something she believes helped her to prepare for the challenges of the pandemic.

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She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my university experience. I enjoyed it more than I ever thought I would and have been lucky to make some amazing friends who made it even better.

“As soon as I finished my course I began working as an Emergency Department staff nurse to assist with the pandemic. This has been a challenge but a worthy one.

“I now plan to remain as a staff nurse within the Emergency Department to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible."

“It was such a proud day for me to take the Oath of Allegiance,” added Hayley, who comes from a family of military personnel.

Gill Maw, Team Leader for Undergraduate Nursing, said: “Hayley’s achievements are outstanding and reflect her commitment to nursing and clinical practice.

“She will be an outstanding staff nurse with a very bright future.”

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