Meldrum stroke nurse qualifies from RGU

Graduation: Hayley was joined on the day by her fellow classmates  Susan Cooper, Katie Shaw, Fiona Geddes, Linda Duff, Lisa Craig, Effie Jamieson.

Graduation: Hayley was joined on the day by her fellow classmates Susan Cooper, Katie Shaw, Fiona Geddes, Linda Duff, Lisa Craig, Effie Jamieson.

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A GROUP of qualified nurses were the first cohort to graduate from a flexible online course delivered by RGU (Robert Gordon University) last week.

Among the first graduating class were Hayley Cowie, who works as a Mobile Stroke Team Nurse in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI).

The course was designed to help them reach the next level in their clinical practice and theoretical knowledge.

The group, who currently hold positions within a range of nursing specialisms, graduated with a BSc Clinical Practice in a ceremony held within His Majesty’s Theatre last Thursday (12 July).

Delivered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery part-time over one year, the course has been designed as an online top-up degree for qualified professionals in health and social care. It is delivered through a combination of online, interactive online and blended learning plus face-to-face social interaction, offering maximum flexibility for working practitioners.

Describing her reasons for undertaking the course, Hayley said: “I was attracted to the course because it offered a lot of flexibility to study while bringing up a young family. With my degree now complete, I aim to help to develop stroke services within NHS Grampian by applying my learning to my clinical practice.

Hayley was joined on the day of graduation by her fellow classmates.

BSc (Hons) Clinical Practice course leader, Pamela Kirkpatrick, said: “I’m delighted to see our first cohort graduate with such flying colours. They were a highly motivated group of students to work with and completing the course is helping them enhance their level of clinical practice.”

Susan Cooper, Katie Shaw and Fiona Geddes (ARI) Linda Duff (Royal Cornhill), Lisa Craig (ARI, and Effie Jamieson (ARI) who have a variety of specialisations, also graduated on Thursday.