I can remember the exact day in fact. It was the 7th of November and to be precise 12.05pm. I know these exact details because it was the day that I was informed I would be made redundant (my wife was expecting our 2nd child within weeks). I was a Production Engineer, a position I had held for 10 years and a career in engineering spanning over 18 years. It was not until June the following year that I finally left my job. I used this time to consider my future options and also do a fast track Maths GCSE (which was tough).
I had always enjoyed watching people who work in the care sector and often admired what a great job they did. I decided to try working in the sector to see how I would enjoy it. If I’m being honest the first couple of months were testing but I finally found my niche working with adults with learning disabilities. Within days of working in this sector I fell in love with the job. Now that I had settled I wanted to take the next step, I spent a lot of time researching the role of a learning disabilities nurse and I could see a future for me in this career.
I visited University of South Wales and was very impressed by the building and the openness of the staff who were there on the Open Day. It was through their advice that I enrolled on a full time Access course in health care. Having been out of education for so long I found it daunting but very soon I started to thrive and enjoy the varied work and continued assignments. As a mature student I was determined to hit the ground running and I can honestly say that this period in college was one of the most rewarding throughout my working life.
This brings me to now… In September 2018 I finally started the learning disabilties nursing degree at University of South Wales, I am really looking forward to the future challenges and I’m sure that this will be a very exciting adventure. With the continued support of my wife and children, I am committed in doing the best I can throughout my time in University to make them proud.
Richard Morgan (Student nurse at USW)
You can train to become a Learning Disability Nurse at University of South Wales, you can find more information on the USW website: https://www.southwales.ac.uk/courses/bachelor-of-nursing-honslearning-disabilities/
You can also contact Rachel Morgan - Specialist Lead for Learning Disability Nursing via email: