In an unusual situation, two generations of two different families are currently studying to be nurses at Oxford Brookes University.
Katie Spanton and her daughter Ellie are studying adult nursing at the university’s Swindon campus and due to complete their studies later this year.
Katie said: “They’ve helped us arrange our placements so that one of us can be nearer home for childcare purposes. And the lecturers have been amazing.
“When my husband was going to be posted abroad with the RAF, I thought I was going to have to give up,” she said. “But my lecturer convinced me to keep going: luckily my husband was posted nearby and, in the end, I didn’t miss any of my course.”
Katie said she was looking forward to graduating in the summer and already had a job lined up with community nursing in Chippenham. Her son Alfie is also interested in becoming a nurse, she said.
Meanwhile, this month, another family will be following in their footsteps at Oxford Brookes. Tracy will also join her daughter Madeleine as a second year student on the BSc Adult Nursing course.
Tracy – who wishes to keep her second name anonymous – is an assistant practitioner at Great Western Hospital, and has previously also been an ophthalmic technician and a healthcare assistant.
Two years ago, with her children now older, she successfully completed a foundation degree with Swindon College, which has a training partnership with Oxford Brookes.
“They’ve helped us arrange our placements so that one of us can be nearer home for childcare purposes”
She said she always had aspirations of entering the nursing profession, despite working in accountancy for a number of years before starting a family.
Tracy said: “Now the time is right to finally return to pursuing my dream career.”
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Health Education England sponsor her studies so can continue to earn and study at the same time.
Her eldest daughter Madeleine is already a second year student and started at the university in January 2017. She originally worked as an HCA that lead her to want to become a registered nurse.
In addition, Tracy’s other daughter Amber, is also planning to study nursing in 2019.
They are the latest in a line of families who have studied adult nursing together at Oxford Brookes. In recent years, there have been married couples and a number of sets of twins, said the university.