Nicola Brown (21), graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing degree in Mental Health at a ceremony which was held at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom on Wednesday, December 7.
Nicola became determined to work in mental health nursing after attending the RGU Nursing Summer School, which she went along to during her sixth year at Fraserburgh Academy.
Nicola told the Herald: “I have always been passionate about becoming a nurse,.
“So I decided to sign up for the Summer School, to get a chance to experience the different fields of nursing practice.
“The training facilities and teaching resources at RGU were absolutely of a high standard, so I knew I would receive quality training whatever I went for.
“The fantastic range of placements and experience in the mental health services at NHS Grampian really stood out to me though, so I knew that was the area I wanted to get into.”
Throughout her degree, Nicola would go on to undertake a number of placements.
These were carried out at Crathes Ward in Royal Cornhill Hospital, the Timmermarket Clinic, the Aberdeen City Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) service and Inverurie Hospital.
These placements were designed to give Nicola practical nursing experience and help her prepare for life as a qualified healthcare provider.
Nicola continued: “The mentoring I received and the experience I gained on my placements were invaluable.
“I am thankful for everyone who helped enhance my training.
“I enjoyed the fact that no two days were ever the same.
“I was able to learn how to care for such a wide variety of people, ensuring that their care is recovery focused,” she said.
Now that she has graduated from RGU, Nicola will take up a post as a registered nurse at Aberdeen’s Royal Cornhill Hospital.
She added: “It still feels surreal that my university experience has come to an end.
“However, I have had some amazing experiences, both in class and on placement.
“I feel proud that I managed to complete my degree.
“ I am now look forward to going back to Royal Cornhill Hospital and working with people in a field I’m passionate about.
“That’s after a wee bit of time off, of course!”