An experienced nurse from Kent is celebrating success after adding to her qualifications by graduating from Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen this month.
Felicity Fleming graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health Practice with First Class Honours in December.
Felicity, who works as an Occupational Health Nurse Advisor at the William Harvey Hospital (East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust), has also been awarded The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) prize for her dedication to the profession, and delivery of Occupational Health services that incorporate best practice.
Completing her achievements, Felicity recently found out that an academic paper she wrote entitled: ‘The Changing Face of Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace’ will be published in the Occupational Health Journal in the New Year.
This is in addition to an earlier publication in February 2015, which focussed on best practice with regard to Attendance Management, which was also featured in the Occupational Health Journal.
Felicity, who lives in Brabourne Lees, originally qualified as a registered nurse in 1986 and has subsequently gained qualifications in midwifery, counselling, bereavement counselling, occupational health and psychology.
She said: “I’m extremely proud to have completed my studies at RGU and am very grateful to my family, friends, work colleagues and the staff at the university who have been very supportive.
“I chose to study at RGU because it is accredited with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, and the university has a good reputation.
“Importantly too, I needed to access a course that was delivered via distance learning in order to accommodate my on-going employment and family commitments.”
Felicity collected the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland award at RGU’s Faculty of Health and Social Care on Thursday, December 10 which was presented by Professor Ian Murray, Head of RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery at its annual prize giving.
She said: “I am very proud and honoured to have been awarded the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland prize – things like this do not usually happen to people like me so it is very special.
“I plan to continue working in my current workplace, embedding the knowledge and guidance I have gained regarding best practice, to improve patient care and service delivery.”
A further significant achievement for Felicity in completing the course was the accommodation and support provided to help with her dyslexia.
She said: “When I began my studies at RGU it was a long time since I had studied at an academic level. My lifestyle had changed considerably since I was last a student, and I had to juggle coursework with family life, childcare and work.
“A more significant concern for me was my dyslexia, and associated difficulties using IT. In reality however, the majority of my fears did not materialise.
“I registered with the RGU Dyslexia Support Centre during my induction, and later I returned to see the Senior Advisor there to discuss my situation. My needs were reassessed, and a comprehensive package was put in place, including voice activated software, a mind mapping package, together with individual tuition.”
She added: “In addition to this, my course tutors, RGU Library staff and the university's IT Helpdesk have given me steady encouragement and self-confidence. My workplace has been equally helpful, and I have been supported by work colleagues throughout.
“Importantly, aside from enabling me to complete my course successfully, this experience and improved ability to use IT more effectively to mitigate my dyslexia, has provided me with the information and skills to help support other individuals with the same condition, particularly in my role as an Occupational Health Nurse Advisor.”
Ross AndersonCommunications Officer | Health and Sport