Why did you choose to study at Dorset College Dublin?
I choose to study this course in Dorset College as I needed to have this Pre-Nursing qualification so that I could work as a qualified HCA in the HSE and private health organizations. It enabled me to understand the role of a HCA and to grow from there to be a qualified nurse. It also suited my family circumstances as a single parent.
How was your experience studying at Dorset College Dublin?
I had a great experience while I was in Dorset College! I have a good few friends and I really enjoyed the course. Moreover, I had some tutors who supported me a lot during my journey. It was not easy because I worked as a full-time HCA in one of the nursing-homes in Dublin at that time. It was really exhausting for me because I used to work at night and attend my course during the day.
When I started my course, it was a bit hard for me to understand all the academic words, and the assignments were quite stressful. This was because I left secondary school in 2001, and after 15 years I joined an academic course. However, my principle at that time was to start any assignments as early as possible and avoid procrastination. Moreover, I always asked relevant questions when I had any doubts or was confused about any topics. To add, most of my studies were carried out when I was working night shifts during my breaks and during quiet times.
More importantly, I have to look after my son. At that time, he was 13 years old. I got married quite young and got divorced at a young age too. That means I am a very busy Mum who performs several different roles such as a Father, Mother, HCA and a student as well. I worked really hard to be able to cope with everything.
On my Graduation day from Dorset College in December 2016, I received the excellence award. I felt very proud of myself for my achievement. I thanked my son for supporting me during my time of struggles. He tried to be as independent as possible to reduce my workload which really helped me during my studies.
What three values do you think Dorset College offers on a professional & personal level?
1. Great communication skills towards individuals – Before starting the Pre-Nursing course, I was interviewed by the Director of Dorset College. I really felt valued because she interviewed me and asked me why I wanted to do the course and what I would like to achieve from that. She encouraged me and gave me some guidance that really helped me to be who I am today.
2. Patience – My tutors were very understanding towards me. They always answered my questions and took time to explain to me when I was lost or did not understand something.
3. Encouragement – Regardless of my age, financial status or life conditions, I was always encouraged and assisted to work towards my goals.
What recommendation would you have for those who are thinking about studying with us?
If you want to help people, you want to provide a compassionate person centered care, Dorset College is the right place that will prepare you and will teach you how to perform your role in a holistic manner.
How has your experience at Dorset College influenced your professional development?
I developed myself to behave professionally at work, and to work as a team using proper communication skills.
After your offer to continue your study in three different colleges, can you tell us about the choice you made to study in Trinity College & how that transition was? What are you studying and what is your aim for the future?
Accepting the offer in Trinity college was exciting and daunting as well. I applied the knowledge and skills from my work experiences and the pre-nursing course to my nursing degree and here I am, nearly completed my four year journey in Trinity College! The Pre-Nursing course has really helped me for when I was in first year of Trinity. Most of the modules were quite similar such as communication and health promotion. Moreover, certain modules, such as manual handling, hand hygiene, MAPA, infection control, are also essential throughout my nursing career.
Dorset college is ...
A life-changing experience. My life is an example of it. I was always treated as an individual. Additionally, I always received feedback on my academic progress. Plus, my tutors Celine and Geraldine understood my strength and weakness, and they supported me in my needs, all the time.