Edge Hill student Jodie Roberts says that fate helped her find the best route to her Masters in Children’s Nursing.

Jodie, 25, from Hunts Cross, Liverpool, completed her first degree at Edge Hill University after gaining a place on a new Child Health and Wellbeing degree, having initially thought Children’s Nursing was the obvious choice.

“I’ve always wanted to be a nurse so I’d never considered this degree but looking back it was fate as this has helped me be a better and more prepared nurse than if I’d just done straight nursing,” said Jodie.

“I graduated with a first degree in 2015 and gained a place to continue at Edge Hill on the BSc Nursing degree but after the first year I was given the chance to complete my final two years at masters level.”

Jodie, who now works in the Oncology Unit (Cancer) at Alder Hey Hospital, added:

“This degree gave me the background to child development and helped me understand the theories behind child development and health. It not only helped me to become a more well-rounded, knowledgeable nurse but has made me more mature as a person. After two years I was able to change and complete an MsC in Children’s Nursing.”

During her time at Edge Hill Jodie was keen to help future potential students and founded the departmental Nursing Student Council. Jodie said:

“As nurses you spend a lot of time on placements, which is great for work experience but often means you fall under the radar with what’s happening on campus. I wanted to make sure future cohorts felt more involved and had a say. We started new student nursing awards to coincide with nurse’s day celebrations and set up a student council suggestions email so students can share their knowledge and ideas.”

At today’s (Saturday 1 December) ceremony Jodie was awarded a Merit and will continue her career full-time at Alder Hey. Jodie added:

“I love my job and loved my time at Edge Hill. I’d advise anyone to never give up on their dreams. There are many routes to success and it might take a little bit longer to get there but I’m a much better nurse thanks to fate and I appreciate my career even more now.”

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