Aberdeen nurse’s love of job pushed her towards further training

Amy Duthie
Amy Duthie

After seven years in the field, Amy Duthie went back to school to further her love for nursing.

And now the Aberdeen-based mum is celebrating earning her postgraduate in Advancing Nursing Practice from Robert Gordon University (RGU).

The PgDip is the second of three potential qualifications.

After working as a nurse for seven years, following her undergraduate training at RGU, Amy chose to return to the university to fulfil her ambitions to specialise in her profession.

The 31-year-old said: “Since starting my nursing training, I always wanted to go down the district nursing route and started moving towards that by working as a community nurse.

“When I heard the NHS was offering partial funding for this course, I jumped at the opportunity – I had a very good experience the first time round at RGU and couldn’t wait to develop my nursing skills with advanced practice.

“As cliched as it sounds, I originally chose nursing because I have always wanted to help people and I really believe this is more of a vocation than a job.

“The fact that RGU’s Advancing Nursing Practice programme would give me further development and make me better at providing care just made it a natural progression.”

After completing her postgraduate, Amy is “absolutely delighted” to have met her goal and is now working as a district nurse.

“There’s no rest for the wicked though – I’m actually already back at RGU studying towards getting my Non-Medical Prescribing qualification,” she added.

The course prepares non-medical health professionals to prescribe within the legislation relevant to their profession.

RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery offers a number of postgraduate programmes and short courses for practitioners.

While her professional development will continue, Amy’s graduation marks a significant achievement for her and one of which she is very proud.

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Amy said: “I’m immensely proud of myself for making it through the past two years, as there were a few times where I didn’t think I would be able to achieve what I’d set out to do.

“As a single mother to a four-year-old, it took a fair amount of juggling – with work, parenting, studying and everything else life throws at you in between – but I pushed through and got there.

“I am very grateful to my family for their support throughout – they were with me every step of the way.

“I think I’m an advert for ‘If you set your mind to it, you can achieve anything’ – or maybe I’m just stubborn.”