Graduation sends nurse off(shore) with a smile

An experienced nurse is celebrating completing her second degree after deciding RGU was the perfect place to support her career as an offshore medic.

Michelle BrownMichelle Brown (32) graduated with a BSc (Hons) Occupational Health Practice at a ceremony at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom on Wednesday 6 December.

Michelle, a former Dingwall Academy pupil from Inverness, previously graduated with a degree in Nursing from the Highland Campus of the University of Stirling in 2008.

She began working as a nurse in London for three years, before deciding to make a change and explore a new area of healthcare practice.

Michelle said: “After a few years, I wanted to further develop my skills as a nurse and I was interested in moving into occupational health, particularly as an offshore medic.”

After moving back up North and contracting as an offshore medic, Michelle decided to re-enter higher education to boost her career prospects, and RGU became her destination.

She said: “Occupational health is a growing area offshore, therefore I felt that gaining more qualifications would further support me and my employers.

“As well as RGU’s reputation for supporting their students in their career journeys, I was attracted to study here because of the fact that some of the lecturers are themselves ex-offshore medics, so I felt some strong commonality there.”

Michelle studied as a distance learning student for two years, while continuing to work offshore on a two-three rotation. She says that this arrangement allowed her to maintain a good balance between her work and university lives.

Speaking on the completion of her degree, Michelle described herself as being proud of her achievement. She said: “I really enjoyed my time with RGU, which was helped by the excellent support available from the course team. They were always very easy to speak to and helped me gain the extra knowledge and skills which will take me forward through my next few career steps.”

Michelle has now transitioned from working in full-time contracted positions with a variety of energy companies to gaining a staff position as an offshore medic for a leading international energy company.

She said: “I was lucky enough to start working with TAQA earlier this year and have started putting my new RGU experience to good use for the benefit of the company.

“It is good to have more stability in this exciting field now and I’ll continue to work as an offshore medic going forward. Looking even further ahead into the future, I am considering going back to university again, to study my masters. So, that could be another challenge and achievement on the horizon.”


Release by Jonathon Milne
Communications Officer
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