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Student was inspired to take up nursing after caring for her grandmother

Author: Educare Staffing | Posted: 8th December 2016 | Category: General News, Uncategorized

A woman inspired to take up a career in nursing after being inspired by looking after her grandmother was among students given degrees yesterday.

Gemma Crighton, 21, was one of hundreds of from the Robert Gordon University whose academic achievements were honoured at a ceremony in Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom.

She looked after her relative during a battle with cancer.

Her grandmother died during Miss Crighton’s second year of studying and her great-grandmother only 10 weeks later.

Miss Crighton said: “That period was one of the most difficult times I’ve ever gone through.

“I was on my nursing placement up in Elgin and had to miss quite a lot of days, due to being in Aberdeen with my family.

“I even thought about leaving university.

“But I realised that I had spent years caring for my grandmother and great-grandmother, and that I could put that compassion to use to care for others in the future.

“So, the experience gave me the determination to push on and make my family proud of me.”

During her time at RGU, Miss Crighton took on a number of nursing placements across the north-east, including a role in community nursing at Albyn Medical Practice, urology at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and 12 weeks in the orthopaedic theatre at Woodend Hospital.

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