22nd Oct, 2021

Coventry student nurse praises 'superhero' NHS staff who inspired her during the pandemic

A STUDENT nurse has praised the ‘superhero’ nurses she worked alongside at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust during the Covid-19 pandemic and says she wants to become as skilled as them.

Coventry University student Olivia Aston was inspired to pursue a career in nursing by her grandmother, a nurse at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and the NHS professionals who cared for her after she was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of 11.

Olivia started to turn that dream into reality through clearing in 2019 when she signed up for an Applied Biosciences foundation course at CU Coventry campus.

That one-year course supported the 20-year-old’s application to secure a place on the Children and Young People’s Nursing BSc (Hons) course at Coventry University in September 2020.

Now Olivia is eager to follow in the footsteps of those who inspired her to start the journey.

“Working on the wards in this pandemic I felt so much part of the team, everyone is in it together, following all of the protocols to keep our patients and everyone around us afe.

“I loved my first placement at UHCW, it was adolescent based so I was with children aged 11 to 17.”

Liv says her CU Coventry foundation course prepared her for the nursing degree and she urged others to look into the route.

Visit coventry.ac.uk/cuc/clearing/ for more on the nursing courses currently being offered at Coventry University via clearing.

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