The care and compassion of hospital nurses in Aberdeen inspired a talented north-east student to dedicate herself to helping others.
Becky Button supported her mum Urszula Jazwinska as she fought breast cancer and the dedication and support offered by nurses at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) struck a lasting chord.
A former Aboyne Academy pupil, Becky (20) set her sights on a career in nursing from a young age and accepted a place at Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) School of Nursing and Midwifery in 2011.
The dedicated student took the latest step in her career when she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Adult Nursing, with Distinction, at Aberdeen Music Hall on Tuesday, December 9.
She said: “I feel very proud that I have graduated with distinction from RGU and it has reinforced my view that hard work definitely pays off.
“As a child, I grew up watching my mum fight breast cancer until she passed away aged 46.
“She spent many months in and out of ARI, so my exposure to attentive, caring and compassionate nurses at such a young age made nursing a natural career for me to want to pursue.”
Becky was recently nominated for the Jennie Parry Prize for outstanding nursing practice and one of her fondest memories of her time at RGU was a three month ERASMUS exchange placement to Haugesund in Norway.
She said: “I loved meeting so many new and interesting people while working within a completely different healthcare system and culture.
“It has fuelled my desire to accept as many of life's opportunities as possible and I will definitely use my nursing career to travel in the future.
“During my first few years as a qualified staff nurse, I aim to broaden my experiences in different nursing specialities within NHS Scotland. I would also love to use these skills to work in Australia, New Zealand or Canada.”
Becky added: “My twin sister Kasia is also studying nursing at RGU and will graduate next year.
“We both owe so much to our dad Steven for supporting us through our training over the years. His help has made a huge difference and the results of all of our hard work are finally starting to come to fruition.”
Ross AndersonCommunications Officer | Health and Sport