Further Study: Postgraduate Diploma
"Without the opportunities that came from training at Norland College I would never have been introduced to a hospital setting in the way that I have. Hospitals are notoriously difficult to get work experience in and without Norland this would never have been possible"
Eloise Dixon finished her degree at Norland in June 2017 and went on to work with a family just outside of London to complete her Norland Diploma. She qualified as a Norland Nanny in August 2018 and is now going on to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Children’s Nursing at the London Southbank University. We asked her about her training at Norland, and why she has chosen this path.
What did you enjoy most about your Norland training?
"I really enjoyed the placement side of the Norland training. Getting out into the community and coming into contact with children, whether it was at a nursery, school, special needs school, hospital or a family setting; I felt that I was making a really valuable contribution. I learnt so much from the other professionals and parents who all wanted us to get the most out of our experience."
What opportunities did your Norland qualification give you that you wouldn’t have had otherwise?
"Without the opportunities that came from training at Norland College I would never have been introduced to a hospital setting in the way that I have. Hospitals are notoriously difficult to get work experience in and without Norland this would never have been possible. The Norland name carries huge responsibility, but it opens doors that I would never have had access to; because of that I was able to source my own work experience at major London hospitals that had world-renowned research and care facilities."
What made you decide to go into Nursing?
"I loved my maternity ward placement and wanted to explore it further, so I based my dissertation on premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). To facilitate this, I was on the NICU ward for my final placement at Norland College and this cemented my decision to work in hospitals in the future. The community and support from the staff and my peers at college was amazing; there was always someone there to talk to, ask for advice and get support. I found out that because of my degree from Norland, I would be able to take on a Healthcare Assistant role in a Pediatric ward, but I wanted to be able to do more to help the children in my care. I decided to apply for a Postgraduate Diploma in Children’s Nursing at the London Southbank University. It is a condensed two-year course rather than the usual three-year BSc course to train as a Pediatric Nurse as I already have a degree. In two years I will be a fully registered nurse and entering the next stage of my career – I can’t wait!"
Is there anything else you would like to share that may be interesting or useful for those who are thinking of applying to Norland?
"Norland will open doors for you that you could not even imagine; the world is your oyster. Your training puts you head and shoulders above the rest and the support from Norland College and Norland Agency has been second-to-none in helping me make this progression. I remember hearing case studies like the one I am writing now at the Open Day thinking ‘Wow that sounds incredible, I wonder what I would be able to do with my training’ and I cannot believe I am now training to be a Paediatric Nurse. I know I still have quite a long way to go, but with the practical and academic skills gained from Norland I am really well-placed to achieve this next step in my career."