Students studying on care courses at East Durham College have been given an insider’s view of the path to a career in nursing thanks to a former student.
Elly Kirton visited the college to talk to students about the path she took to get to where she is today as a student paediatric nurse.
Elly studied at the college in 2011, completing a level 3 course in care.
Once completing the course she applied to university to do paediatric nursing, but was unsuccessful.
But this knockback gave Elly the determination to keep trying, and she went out to gain some work experience.
She got a job with a company called Heritage Health Care, where she spent a year working as a care assistant, supporting individuals with both physical and mental health issues including schizophrenia, dementia and paralysis.
Then in 2014 she reapplied for paediatric nursing at university and was accepted by Teesside University, being selected for one of only 20 places available.
And Elly wanted to come back and talk to students about her path to her university course and the determination that got her there after completing her course with East Durham College.
Elly said: “I really love what I am doing now on my course in paediatric nursing.
“It was a really hard subject to get a place on at university, but I wanted to show the students through not giving up and having a strong determination you can go on to achieve your ambitions.
“It was disappointing not getting on to a degree course straightaway but, I knew if I went out and worked hard I would be able to get onto the course. And it was worth the time and effort as I love it.”