Sis­ter act as proud girls get diplo­mas at the same time

West Lothian Courier - - News -

Two sis­ters are en­joy­ing a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion af­ter they both grad­u­ated in nurs­ing at the same cer­e­mony at uni­ver­sity.

Ma­ture stu­dent Kerri Rus­sell (44) and lit­tle sis­ter Co­lene Flan­ni­gan (35) each be­gan study­ing at Ed­in­burgh Napier Uni­ver­sity fol­low­ing big ca­reer changes.

Mother-of-four and granny-of-three Kerri turned to learn­ing dis­abil­ity nurs­ing fol­low­ing a ca­reer in re­tail, while Co­lene, mum to three pri­mary school girls, worked in sport and fit­ness be­fore im­mers­ing her­self in the chal­lenges of men­tal health nurs­ing.

The sib­lings joined hun­dreds of other stu­dents at a cer­e­mony in the Usher Hall to­day (Novem­ber 1) to col­lect their Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing de­grees.

Kerri, from Black­burn, said that it was a sur­prise they had both ended up study­ing nurs­ing at the uni­ver­sity – she had ini­tially looked at an­other course, and Co­lene had con­sid­ered go­ing to a dif­fer­ent uni­ver­sity.

She added:“I strug­gled at times due to jug­gling life as a mum, gran and stu­dent, but I am thrilled to have fi­nally reached the end of the aca­demic jour­ney.

“I came to uni­ver­sity with an HNC in so­cial care and did look at study­ing so­cial work, be­fore switch­ing to nurs­ing. I am by no means aca­demic and I am dyslexic, but I pride my­self in hav­ing passed all my course work.

“Uni­ver­sity life had a lot of ups and downs but we got through it with the sup­port of our fel­low stu­dent nurses. Our other sis­ter Kelli is also a nurse, as are my nephew and sis­ter-in-law.”

Kerri now takes up a post as a Com­mu­nity Learn­ing Dis­abil­ity Nurse in Ed­in­burgh, while lit­tle sis­ter Co­lene, from Ar­madale, is due to start work as a Com­mu­nity Men­tal Health Nurse in West Loth­ian.

Co­lene, who did an ac­cess to nurs­ing course and, like Kerri, com­bined her stud­ies with work­ing on the NHS Loth­ian staff bank, said:“It was hard jug­gling ev­ery­thing but Kerri and I have sup­ported each other through­out this jour­ney, and we are very proud to grad­u­ate to­gether.”

Sis­ter Act Kerri Rus­sell (44) and lit­tle sis­ter Co­lene Flan­ni­gan (35)

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