A hard-working student midwife is looking back with pride at the road she travelled to land her dream job, following her graduation from RGU.
Madeleine McNally (27) graduated with a Bachelor of Midwifery at a ceremony at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom on Wednesday 6 December.
Madeleine, a former Mackie Academy pupil from Inverbervie, made it her goal to become a midwife a number of years ago, having taken time out of her previous studies to focus on family life.
She said: “When I went to university previously, I knew a number of student midwives whose experiences at RGU always sounded amazing. That definitely planted the seed, but then the support and care I received from professional midwives during my two pregnancies just confirmed that this was something I had to pursue.”
It did not take long for her to take the first steps on her journey, as she began enrolling in evening classes to reach RGU’s entry requirements, just six months after the birth of her eldest son.
Madeleine said: “As soon as I knew that midwifery was the field for me, I started planning on how to get there. To obtain the necessary Highers, I attended evening classes at both Dundee and Angus College and Moray College UHI.
“The next few years – and my three years at RGU – have honestly just flown by and it has been an incredible experience.”
Looking back on her time studying midwifery at RGU, Madeleine points to the support she and her classmates received from their tutors, along with the skills she picked up from her placement opportunities, as being the real highlights.
She said: “We were lucky enough to be taught by the most inspiring tutors, who prepared us well, not only with their teaching but stories from their own practice and all their help in the Clinical Skills lab.
"I am also so thankful for the placements I had throughout Tayside, within Ninewells Hospital and with the Angus midwifery team in Arbroath, from which I learned so much that I can take forward throughout the rest of my career"
With her time in higher education now behind her, Madeleine has successfully secured a full-time position with NHS Grampian at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital. As she embarks on this new and exciting chapter in her life, she has taken the time to thank those who supported her along the way.
She added: “While my tutors and placement mentors absolutely gave me the skills to get to where I have done, my family have also helped me so much from day one.
“When I started taking night classes, my eldest son Max was 6 months old and he’s now 7 years old, with his brother Leo now five years old. My family were there every step of the way, keeping the boys in their routines whilst I was studying or away on placements, so I couldn’t have done it without them.
“This achievement isn’t just mine - it’s one for all of us to share and be proud of. It really is an amazing feeling.”
Release by Jonathon Milne
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