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News: Cel­e­brat­ing Inter­na­tion­al Nurs­es Day — Meet Lib­by and Britney

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Britney, former Nottingham College student and now student nurse
Britney, former Nottingham College student and now student nurse

Tuesday 12th May is International Nurses Day. It not only marks the annual celebration of the amazing work done by nursing staff, but also falls in the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

Peo­ple around the coun­try will be shin­ing a light from their win­dows on Tues­day 12th May at 8.30pm, to mark the day and to show their grat­i­tude for all the ded­i­cat­ed nurs­ing staff look­ing after the pub­lic dur­ing the coronavirus.

Brit­ney and Lib­by are two of those ded­i­cat­ed peo­ple. They are for­mer Not­ting­ham Col­lege Health and Social Care stu­dents, and both are now at uni­ver­si­ty study­ing nursing.

Here we share their stories.

First, see what Libby had to say

Liberty Avery2Landscape

Lib­by Avery com­plet­ed a BTEC Lev­el 3 Extend­ed Diplo­ma in Health and Social Care (Health Stud­ies) here at Not­ting­ham Col­lege in 2018.

Now, she’s a sec­ond year stu­dent at Sheffield Hal­lam Uni­ver­si­ty, study­ing Adult Nursing.

Lib­by said: At the start of the pan­dem­ic I was in the mid­dle of my place­ment in the com­mu­ni­ty. We were test­ing at home patients for COVID 19, which required a lot of train­ing and per­son­al pro­tec­tive equipment. 

Around April the uni­ver­si­ty took us off place­ment and now is plac­ing us back on. I am cur­rent­ly on place­ment at the QMC, which has been a dream for me since I was lit­tle and although it is scary at times I still love what I do.”

I love being a nurse and I can’t thank my fam­i­ly and the staff at Not­ting­ham Col­lege enough for the help and guid­ance I received dur­ing my stud­ies in order to fol­low my dreams in becom­ing a nurse. 

 — Lib­by Avery

Britney's story

Britney, former Nottingham College student and now student nurse

Brit­ney Thraves also did her Health and Social Care (Health Stud­ies) Lev­el 3 qual­i­fi­ca­tion at Not­ting­ham Col­lege a cou­ple of years ago. 

She’s now at uni­ver­si­ty train­ing to become a nurse. 

Brit­ney said: I am study­ing Adult Nurs­ing at De Mont­fort Uni­ver­si­ty. I have been work­ing on a car­di­ol­o­gy ward work­ing with patients who have severe heart con­di­tions, unable to see their fam­i­ly in these hard times with many pass­ing away with­out being able to say their good­byes’.

I have also been work­ing as a sup­port work­er through­out the pan­dem­ic, help­ing severe­ly dis­abled adults get shop­ping, med­ica­tion and all oth­er aspects of care. 

Addi­tion­al­ly, I have been try­ing to help friends and fam­i­ly through this hard time with essentials.”

Dur­ing this time it is impor­tant to help your com­mu­ni­ty and please stay safe and take care of every­one around you. 

 — Brit­ney Thraves

Zoe Scott, Fac­ul­ty Area Man­ag­er for Health and Social Care at Not­ting­ham Col­lege, said: It’s always won­der­ful to hear from our for­mer stu­dents who have gone on to high­er edu­ca­tion or are work­ing with­in the health­care sec­tor, but this year it’s even more impor­tant that we shine a light on them. 

We’re incred­i­bly proud of Lib­by, Brit­ney and all our past and cur­rent stu­dents who are so self­less­ly giv­ing their time to sup­port­ing those affect­ed by the COVID 19 pandemic.” 

If you are inter­est­ed in find­ing out about cours­es and careers in health and sci­ence you can vis­it the links below.

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  • 12th May 2020 (9:41 AM)
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