Borders College

Aspiring Nurses hear from Edinburgh Napier

Students on Higher National Care programmes at Borders College recently enjoyed hearing from guest speaker Fiona McKinnon, Admissions Tutor and Adult Nursing Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University.

Borders College Care students with Fiona McKinnon from Edinburgh Napier University

Pictured front centre are Fiona McKinnon, Pam Thomson and Julie Baxter with the orders College Care students

Visiting the College with current second year Adult Nursing student Pam Thomson, Fiona provided valuable advice to the students on career progression, especially in regard to taking the next step by applying to university for a Nursing course.

As well as outlining the courses available and the application procedure, the pair touched upon the balance of work placement and theory elements within the 40-hour full-time programmes, as well as the importance of confidentiality.  Fiona explained that embarking upon a career in Nursing or Midwifery means being a professional from day one, saying:

“You’re gaining a professional award that allows you to register with the Nursing Council which brings with it a level of responsibility, meaning that you must think about how you conduct yourself out with the workplace.”

Pam, who is from Hawick, completed the Access to Nursing course at Borders College two years ago before progressing to Adult Nursing at Edinburgh Napier.  Her advice to the students was to avoid leaving work to the last minute and always keep on top of theory in order to achieve good results:

“There’s a lot of self-directed study from second year onwards.  The university give you as much information as possible to help you to achieve, but you do have to push yourself.”

Programme Leader Julie Baxter added:

“This was a great opportunity for students to ask questions about the application process and various Nursing courses, as well as to gain an insight to what life as an Edinburgh Napier student would be like.”

Fiona also explained that there is an impending shortage of Nurses and Midwives in Scotland due to an ageing population, making now a good time to be entering the profession.  With the Scottish Government pushing for more people to train, numbers accepted onto university places are set to increase by 3-5% each year to account for the numbers retiring.

If you are considering a career in Nursing, you can find out more about the various Care courses offered by Borders College on our website:

Published: Tue 28th Nov, 2017