By Ingrid Waite-MoncrieffeShare post:
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Turning dreams into reality
Nursing always appealed to Ingrid and was a career she wanted to pursue for a long time. She did start a nursing apprenticeship when she was younger, but then started a family and gave up.
"Later, I became a healthcare assistant, but becoming a nurse was always there at the back of my mind and colleagues who I worked with constantly encouraged me to apply for nursing," she said.
Finally, in 2019, Ingrid applied for the Access to Higher Education in Social Science and Health course at University College Birmingham. "I really doubted myself after years of being out of education, but I did really well and so progression onto the degree in adult nursing was finally a reality," she said.
"The course content and the practical facilities really do prepare you for placements and the University’s trainee nurses are so highly regarded in the healthcare sector.
"My placements were initially daunting due to the pandemic and my first placement was on a respiratory ward. It was very scary at times supporting patients and relatives, but it was also an incredible privilege.
"I would really like to specialise in renal care or work as a community nurse, but, hopefully, I can combine both."