ON COURSE: Education Special: One Way to Access the Nursing Field

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STEVENSON College in Edinburgh celebrated students' achievements at a special ceremony when more than 75 awards for excellence, effort and achievement were recognised.

Among them were Shona Robison from Coldstream and Joleen Glynn, from Tranent, East Lothian from the Access to Nursing course, pictured above, who won the Noelle Cairns Award.

This recognised their contribution to a health promotion event to raise awareness of prostate cancer as well as their hard work and achievement in both placement and academic work.

The Access to Nursing and Paramedic Professions at Stevenson prepares students for training to be a nurse and other paramedical work.

On completion, students gain entry to nurse training at Napier University.

The one-year course is for those aged over 21 and starts this month. Another course is due to get under way in January, 2004.

Kate McPake, curriculum leader of health, science and technology at Stevenson College, said: "Nursing is a rewarding career and this course provides an entry system for people who may have left school without qualifications or those looking for a career change.

"Feedback from our students who go on to the undergraduate course at Napier University is very positive. The students feel they get an excellent grounding at Stevenson and feel prepared for the academic workload at Napier. …