October 2021

Gabriella’s Story

By Gabriella Drysdale-Reid

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Gabriella Drysdale-Reid

Nursing (Adult) BSc (Hons)

Coming from a family of nurses and professionals working with vulnerable members of society, Gabriella’s decision to go from dental nurse to a nurse caring for adult patients across a range of settings was a natural one. 

But, as a care home volunteer and foster carer with her mum, and with experience of working with people with severe additional needs, Gabriella was ultimately spurred on to take the plunge and go into full nursing due to the pandemic.  

“It emphasised how much I enjoy being pushed outside of my comfort zone,” she said. “I love being challenged and wanted to keep developing personally and professionally, while having job satisfaction and continuing to learn and grow.” 

But why University College Birmingham?

“I wanted to stay in Birmingham as that is where I live, and the nursing course is intense, so I didn't want to move out,” she said. “That way, I could still be around my family and friends as having a great support network is essential.  

“The nursing degree at University College Birmingham was right for me. I love learning, especially through practical sessions, and the facilities at the University are fantastic! I always look forward to our time in the Health Skills and Simulation Suite and its hospital ward, which definitely helps with training for the workplace.  

“The teaching staff are also amazing and come from a range of healthcare backgrounds. 

“Birmingham itself offers great opportunities for nurses with its variety of hospitals and outpatient services, and I’m looking forward to doing my first industry placement at an elderly frailty assessment unit.” 

Find out more about our Nursing (Adult) BSc (Hons) degree.


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