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News: I could­n’t aspire to be any­thing bet­ter than a nurse”

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Emily Proudlock
Emily Proudlock

Aspiring nurse Emily Proudlock, 30, talks to us about her hopes of becoming a fully-qualified nurse, juggling her course with family life, and how the current pandemic has spurred her on even more.

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The car­ing pro­fes­sion has been one that Emi­ly, from Cot­grave, has been drawn to through­out her life, work­ing in var­i­ous roles since leav­ing school — from a children’s nurs­ery to a res­i­den­tial care home, and from char­i­ty work to train­ing to become a phar­ma­cy assis­tant, but it was her role at a children’s hos­pice, Lit­tle Havens, that real­ly struck a chord. This made her realise nurs­ing was the career she want­ed to pursue.

Emi­ly didn’t have the grades to progress to uni­ver­si­ty so enrolled at Not­ting­ham Col­lege to study the Access to HE Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery course. 

She said: When I was younger, I wasn’t ready for col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty; it’s my life expe­ri­ences like hav­ing my two daugh­ters, trav­el­ing, the peo­ple I’ve met and the jobs I’ve had over the years which has led me to where I am today. 

The Access to Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery course at Not­ting­ham Col­lege was the per­fect fit for me and my fam­i­ly. The year-long course is intense and chal­leng­ing but it’s worth it to know that it’s get­ting me a step clos­er to a job I’m pas­sion­ate about. I’ve received a con­di­tion­al offer at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Not­ting­ham which I’m hop­ing to accept – I just need to get the grades! 

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I think mature learn­ers can be put off and feel like they’ve missed their oppor­tu­ni­ty to train at col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty, but the course has com­plete­ly trans­formed my life. I’m able to do a lot of remote learn­ing, but with the con­tin­ued sup­port of my lec­tur­ers, which means I can be present for my chil­dren, whilst also work­ing towards some­thing I real­ly love. 

Nurs­ing can give refresh­ing new chal­lenges every day. You expe­ri­ence the good, the bad, and all of the in-between – there’s noth­ing more reward­ing than that, and I want to be part of it! 

With every­thing that’s going on across the world right now I just wish I was qual­i­fied already! There are no words to describe how brave, hard-work­ing, self­less and admirable all the health­care work­ers are. I couldn’t aspire to be any­thing better. 

To any­one think­ing about train­ing to become a nurse, I would say go for it! Dis­re­gard any pre­vi­ous grades, don’t doubt your­self, work hard and you’ll nev­er look back. This course has taught me so much about myself and I’ve made such a great group of friends.” 

Lorraine Underwood

Our Access to HE Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Diplo­ma is an excel­lent spring­board into High­er Edu­ca­tion. It’s per­fect for those want­i­ng to pur­sue a career in one the many health pro­fes­sions that this course can lead to, includ­ing adult, child or men­tal health nurs­ing, mid­wifery, phys­io­ther­a­py and para­medics. We wel­come stu­dents who are cur­rent­ly in edu­ca­tion or are return­ing to learn­ing and will pro­vide sup­port, guid­ance and exper­tise to help them take the plunge to carve out a career for them­selves, amongst the many health­care oppor­tu­ni­ties that would be made avail­able to them. 

 — Access to HE Nurs­ing & Mid­wifery Course Lead, Lor­raine Underwood.
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  • 16th April 2020 (8:48 AM)
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