Former East Durham College care student and current Teeside University paediatric nursing student Elly Kirton

Former Student Inspires New Intake To Future In Nursing

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 EDC student.

Former East Durham College 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 back in 2011, completing a level 3 course in care.
Once completing the course she applied to university to join a course in Paediatric nursing, but was unsuccessful.

But this just gave Elly the determination to keep trying, and after this initial disappointment, she went out to work to gain some valuable work experience.

She gained employment 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.

This September she has started her second year after gaining a first class for her final assignment, receiving a number of brilliant reports from both academic tutors and work placements along the way.

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: “It’s great to be back here at East Durham College and I have had a great time meeting the care students this morning.

“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.”

For more information on courses in care at East Durham College contact our student services team on 0101 518 8222.