After achieving a D* D*D* in her health and social care level 3 course, Romi gained a place to study paediatric nursing at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
“I was in college when the time came to start applying for university and adverts about studying children’s nursing came up on my Facebook timeline,” recalled Romi. “Reading about the role of a paediatric nurse made me realise this was something I could see myself doing.”
Romi credits the college for the support her tutors gave her throughout her two-year course. “My course allowed me to learn about a variety of different sectors from science to public health. This helped me identify the specific path I wanted to follow, guiding me to which course was more for me.”
For the first two years of her degree, Romi’s time was a 50/50 split between theory-based lectures and going into practice at the local hospital and within the community services. This has given her the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to care for children and young people.
“I adapted quickly when coming to university as I’d already been on a similar structured course at the college,” Romi continued. “I knew what was expected as I had the skills I had learnt in college which were to be organised, punctual and to manage my time. These are the skills needed in nursing and I’m grateful I developed these skills sooner rather than later.”
Romi is now going into her final year of her degree and will be looking into a career in paediatric nursing. This ambition is even closer to becoming a reality as she has spent her last placement in doing an elective abroad In Ghana, West Africa. After successfully completing her third year, she can also register with the Nursing Midwifery Council.