From hairdressing to learning disability nursing...

October 31, 2018


I am initially from a hairdressing background, my career progressed into further education whereby I taught hairdressing. I had various job roles ranging from an academy manager, assessor to lecturer.


Although I enjoyed teaching the hours became inconsistent and with budget cuts last May, I decided to change career into nursing as there were many more career opportunities available. I enrolled onto the Nursing Access course at my local college. Although the Access course was challenging, I found as a mature student it was an ideal way to get back into studying full time whilst juggling a young family. I was invited to the open day at the University of South Wales. I attended a talk given by specialist lead / senior lecturer, Rachel Morgan about learning disabilility nursing. I can recall dragging my husband along, and sitting next to him whispering this ticks every box!!! I knew from experience I enjoyed interacting and supporting learners to be the best they could be...


So here I am, just a little over a year later embarking on my three year journey to become a learning disabilities nurse. My experience thus far ranging from the student support on offer to the nursing lecturers and the impressive facilities has been remarkable. I cannot wait to see what the next three years will bring, and with the support of my husband whilst our boys are still young, now seems like the perfect time! 


Louise Wheeler (1st year 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:


You can also contact Rachel Morgan via        email:



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