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Celebrating Caring Nurses

Published on: 11/05/2017 (8:00PM)

Friday 12 May is Nurses’ Day, held every year to celebrate the amazing work that nursing staff do. We spoke to two of our Access to Nursing and Midwifery students to find out a bit more about them and the course.

Iulia Serbu is 21, and is nearly at the end of her Access course. She is going to university in September.

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I have an offer from the University of Nottingham to study a BSc in Adult Nursing.

I didn't get the grades I wanted in my A levels, so after some thought I decided to apply for an Access to Nursing and Midwifery course at Central College Nottingham.

I have found that I get better grades on this course, as it is less about exams and more about coursework, and I think this teaching method suits me better.

The course really prepares you for university study, because you have to study independently and complete assignments. I think this is one of the most essential things you'll need at uni. We also learn research skills.

If anyone is worried about coming back as an adult, I actually think you might understand better than when you were at school! The teachers at college are very helpful too.

- Iulia

Dee Pfende is 29, and is planning to become a mental health nurse.


I have offers from University of Nottingham and University of Derby to study Mental Health Nursing.

I work as a carer, but my mum is a nurse in a brain injury unit and she inspired me to go further and qualify as a nurse. I've come back to college as an adult and there was a really good induction week, so I felt very welcome. I met really nice people on the course too!

I've nearly completed this course and I'm so glad that I can now look forward to achieving my dream of becoming a nurse. I'd definitely recommend the Access course - it's challenging but I really believe you are able to do anything you put your mind to!

- Dee