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News: Our Access to Nurs­ing stu­dents tell us what becom­ing a nurse means to them.

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We’re proud to sup­port the next gen­er­a­tion of nurs­ing pro­fes­sion­als and enable our stu­dents to take the next step in their career with our wealth of career focused cours­es. To cel­e­brate Inter­na­tion­al Nurs­es Day, we spoke to some of our aspir­ing nurs­es who our study­ing our Access to Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery course to find out what becom­ing a nurse means to them.

Jon­ny joined our Access to Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery course last year and aspires to work in adult nurs­ing. After work­ing in a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent indus­try for the past 20 years, he returned to edu­ca­tion so he could ful­fil his ambi­tion of a career change and enter the world of nursing.

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I have been a plas­ter­er for over 20 years and decid­ed I want­ed a career change. Study­ing an Access course is giv­ing me the oppor­tu­ni­ty to start a reward­ing career and give me a sec­ond chance to try some­thing new. I am hop­ing to start my nurs­ing degree lat­er this year and because of study­ing my Access course I now hold con­di­tion­al offers at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Not­ting­ham and Not­ting­ham Trent Uni­ver­si­ty for a nurs­ing degree. 

 — – Jon­ny, Access to Nurs­ing student.

When I was at school, I had no idea what I want­ed to do. I got a job with a build­ing com­pa­ny and 20 years lat­er I’m still in the indus­try. I always thought in the back of my mind I want­ed to try some­thing new and had been con­sid­er­ing it for a few years, now I have final­ly tak­en the plunge. 

Being a plas­ter­er has helped in more ways that I thought. Hav­ing been self-employed for sev­er­al years and being in a cus­tomer fac­ing job, I’ve got excel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and a good under­stand­ing of what peo­ple want and need. I’m look­ing for­ward to start­ing a reward­ing job that has a sense of giv­ing back.” – Jon­ny, Access to Nurs­ing student. 

Our Access cours­es offer a fast-track route to uni­ver­si­ty lev­el study for those who don’talready hold the nec­es­sary qual­i­fi­ca­tions. If you want to pur­sue a career in adult, child or men­tal health nurs­ing, mid­wifery or oth­er health pro­fes­sions, then our Access to Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery course will put you on the right track.

For Lau­ren and Tee­gan, they assumed when they didn’t get the A Lev­el results they had hoped for, that they wouldn’t be able to achieve their dreams of becom­ing nurs­es. How­ev­er, for Lau­ren, enrolling onto the access course was the best deci­sion she ever made and Tee­gan was able to reignite the prospect of achiev­ing her dream career again.

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I’ve always want­ed to become a nurse but unfor­tu­nate­ly didn’t do very well in my A Lev­els. I felt unable to achieve my dreams and lost a lot of con­fi­dence in myself. Study­ing an Access course has been per­fect for me and it’s the best deci­sion I have ever made and becom­ing a nurse means every­thing to me. Nurs­es are incred­i­ble and being able to be a part of dif­fer­ent jour­neys, meet­ing dif­fer­ent peo­ple and try­ing to be a pos­i­tive Impact in all the lives I come across will be so rewarding. 

 — Lau­ren Horan, Access to Nurs­ing and Midwifery.

My goal is to grad­u­ate uni­ver­si­ty as an adult nurse but want to spe­cialise in post­par­tum nurs­ing to help moth­ers after birth. 

From per­son­al expe­ri­ence the teach­ers I have had the priv­i­lege of meet­ing restored my con­fi­dence and the belief in myself that I can achieve any­thing if I put my mind to it.” – Lau­ren Horan, Access to Nurs­ing and Midwifery. 

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I com­plet­ed my A Lev­els in 2021 but didn’t do very well. After being told repeat­ed­ly that I would nev­er be able to get into a nursing/​midwifery degree I began to give up on get­ting my dream career. My con­fi­dence in myself was com­plete­ly knocked and I lost all faith in my abil­i­ties. My friend rec­om­mend­ed the access course so I applied and was offered a place. Although I was scared because I still did not believe in myself enough, I was excit­ed and it reignit­ed the prospect of achiev­ing my dream career again.” 

 — Tee­gan Har­ri­son Goodger, Access to Nurs­ing and Midwifery

It felt like a one in a mil­lion chance (as cheesy as that sounds!) that I had been wait­ing for which result­ed in me being able to go on and achieve this lev­el 3 qual­i­fi­ca­tion which got me an offer to study my dream degree at my dream uni­ver­si­ty.” — Tee­gan Har­ri­son Goodger, Access to Nurs­ing and Midwifery

Whilst Helen Bran­son was at school she didn’t enjoy learn­ing so decid­ed to return to edu­ca­tion as an adult learn­er. She was inspired to enter into a nurs­ing career after work­ing in the car­ing pro­fes­sion and is due to start her Adult Nurs­ing degree at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Der­by in September.

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I was nev­er a keen learn­er at school so knew that to get the qual­i­fi­ca­tions I need­ed to study at Uni­ver­si­ty I’d need to enter as an adult learn­er. I’ve com­plet­ed care work with­in a char­i­ty set­ting and obtained a pletho­ra of trans­fer­able skills. Apply­ing these skills to nurs­ing means I’ll be mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in a dif­fer­ent way. My goal once I qual­i­fy is to spe­cialise in neona­tal inten­sive care nurs­ing so I can walk through a family’s tough jour­ney with them and sup­port them when they are at their most vulnerable. 

 — Helen Bran­son , Access to Nurs­ing and Midwifery

Our Access cours­es are designed to give you the skills you need to approach and com­plete uni­ver­si­ty lev­el study and our Access to Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery cov­ers many use­ful sub­jects that will give you a sol­id under­stand­ing of the con­cepts you’ll need to study a nurs­ing or mid­wifery relat­ed degree at university. 

Considering a rewarding healthcare career and want to study on an Access course? Our learners share their top tips:

If you’re want­i­ng to join us on an Access to Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery course in 2022 we have cours­es start­ing this Sep­tem­ber at our City Hub and Bas­ford campuses. 

You can apply online in a mat­ter of min­utes and fund­ing options are also avail­able and many of our learn­ers use an Advanced Learn­er Loan to fund their stud­ies — if you progress onto a High­er Edu­ca­tion Course on com­ple­tion of your Access Course, your Advanced Learn­er Loan is writ­ten off, mean­ing you can study your Access Course for free!

If you’re aged 19 – 23 and it’s your first full Lev­el 3 course, then you may not have to pay fees for an Access to HE Diploma.

Don’t hes­i­tate to sign up! Ask lots and lots of ques­tions, the tutors are there for you and there is no such thing as a daft ques­tion. It is pos­si­ble to com­plete this course with a young fam­i­ly, but time man­age­ment is key. Every assign­ment and piece of work is valu­able and helps towards your end goal – make sure you set the time aside to com­plete it thoroughly. 

 — Helen Bran­son.

The course is demand­ing but worth it! Make sure you’re organ­ised before the course begins and if you can, spend some time brush­ing up on biology. 

 — Jon­ny

Time flies by so take in every sin­gle day. I have no doubt this course will change your life as its changed mine. Lis­ten to the advice and feed­back of your teach­ers as they real­ly do want the best for you. You will get out of the course what you want, as long as you put the effort in and there is a lot of sup­port avail­able if you need it. 

 — Lau­ren Horan

For any future stu­dents want­i­ng to join the access to nurs­ing and mid­wifery course my biggest piece of advice would be, to do it! If you are pas­sion­ate about perus­ing a future career like nurs­ing or mid­wifery, and you are will­ing to put in as much work as you pos­si­bly can in order to do so then I would 100% say to apply for the course. 

 — Tee­gan Har­ri­son Goodger.

Access Courses at Nottingham College:

If you’re aged 19+ and want to study for a uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el course but don’t have the nec­es­sary qual­i­fi­ca­tions, then our Access to High­er Edu­ca­tion (HE) cours­es could be a great choice for you! Fund­ing to study an Access course is avail­able and if you use an Advanced Learn­er Loan to fund your Access course and progress onto a High­er Edu­ca­tion course, you don’t have to repay your loan!

It is our goal to help you begin your jour­ney to a new career and we do all we can to ensure that the tran­si­tion to full-time edu­ca­tion runs as smooth­ly for you as possible.

We cre­ate a relaxed envi­ron­ment for all our stu­dents, as we believe that this helps inspire learn­ing. You will have the chance to join like-mind­ed peo­ple on our Access cours­es, in a mature envi­ron­ment with sup­port­ive tutors.

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  • 12th May 2022 (11:41 AM)
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