Lindsay hoping for a Baby Box bonus after earning her degree

An experienced nurse celebrated completing her degree at Robert Gordon University (RGU) after deciding it was never too late to make a career change.

Lindsay Ross and familyLindsay Ross (35) graduated with a BSc in Public Health Nursing at a ceremony at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom on Wednesday 7 December.

Lindsay, who is originally from Lairg, moved to Aberdeen in 1999 to study for her Diploma of Higher Education in Adult Nursing.

She built a life in Bridge of Don with her husband, Marcus, and her two daughters, Alanna (10) and Corryn (8). She would spend 12 years working as a nurse, latterly working nightshift in the Out of Hours Community Service, before deciding to take a chance on something new.

Lindsay said: “I had always wanted to be a nurse, but didn’t think I was capable of completing a full degree, so a Diploma in nursing was perfect for me.

“After 12 years of working nightshift and being a mum, I felt ready for a change. I had always fancied health visiting and loved the idea of working with babies, children and families. So, one nightshift I applied for the course online and before I knew it, I had been accepted.”

As part of her final project, Lindsay was required to write a journal article about a public health subject that was relevant to her role. She picked the Finnish Baby Box and its introduction to Scotland.

For more than 75 years, expectant mothers in Finland are given a Baby Box by the state, which serves as a ‘starter kit’ for their new baby. It contains clothes, blankets and other necessities. The box itself, which is lined with a mattress, is then used as the child’s first bed.

Lindsay said: “While conducting my research, I contacted Nicola Sturgeon, who put me in touch with her colleagues in charge of the Scottish Baby Box. I was then connected with the Finnish Embassy, who were very helpful with my project, which went on to receive an A.

“Last month, I was invited to attend an event at the Finnish Ambassador’s residence in London, to hear more about healthcare initiatives in Finland.

“My visit was funded by The ARCHIE Foundation and it was a very interesting experience. I also got to meet the team in charge of the Scottish Baby Box, who have invited me to their office in Edinburgh to discuss it further.

“The Scottish Baby Box is being piloted in Orkney in January, before coming to Grampian in the summer. I have been very proud of my work looking at the initiative from the outside and would love to be able to get involved at a local level.”

Lindsay is now working as a Trainee Health Visitor at Whinhill Medical Practice and will become a full Health Visitor once the official paperwork passes.

She said: “The Team at Whinhill are fantastic and have been incredibly supportive of my studies. I also could not have done so well if it was not for the unwavering support of my family and friends.

“They all believed in me much more than I did at times and I am very proud to have completed my degree and started my new career.”

Release by Jonathon Milne
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