Olivia Hanley from Winstanley College is one of the few students who have opted to do a Nursing degree after receiving her A-level results today.
UCAS reported a 23% drop in England nursing degree applicants since last year, probably mainly due to the fact that this is the first year that the bursaries have been scrapped.So, Olivia and other young people looking to do nursing will have to pay university fees of £9000 per year to enter the profession.
Olivia’s motivation to become an adult nurse came from her mum’s battle with cancer and the positive impact that nurses had on her family.
Olivia has secured BCB today and will be going to University of Liverpool to study Adult Nursing.
Olivia says: “I wanted to study adult nursing because my mum was suffering from cancer and we were in close contact with nurses and health professionals and I loved the work that they did and how they helped my mum and whole family and I also wanted to make this impact.
“I have done a lot of work experience over the last few years. I volunteered at Wigan and Leigh Hospice for over a year on the inpatient unit. I loved meeting and chatting with patients and helping them in any way I could. I loved my time here and loved working so closely alongside patients and nurses.
“The scrapping of the bursary did not affect my choice as Nursing has always been something which I have always wanted to do and I am so passionate about.”
Friends, Sophie Yorke and Ellie Jackson are also got the results they needed to go on to degrees in Children’s Nursing. Sophie commented: ‘I think the scrapping of the bursary is a bad idea when the NHS is so stretched. However I have always wanted to be a nurse so it didn’t put me off.’