Nursing consultant celebrates hat-trick of RGU qualifications

Inverurie student Lyn Irvine-Brinklow is celebrating her third graduation from Robert Gordon University (RGU) and has dedicated the achievement to her late grandmother who encouraged her every step of the way.

Lyn Irvine-Brinklow is celebrating her third graduation from RGU.Lyn (37), graduated on Thursday, July 11, with an MA in Nurse Led Practice from RGU at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen.

The former Inverurie Academy pupil is committed to continued professional development and successfully combined recent full-time employment as an Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant with her university studies.

In 1996, she graduated from RGU with a Diploma in Mental Health Nursing and again in 2005 with a BA in Nursing Studies. This year Lyn, who lives in Osprey Village in Inverurie with her husband Russell and son Aidan, has dedicated her degree to the memory of her late grandmother Elsa McRae who encouraged her throughout her studies and passed away last year aged 94.

Lyn said: “I am absolutely delighted with my achievement and to have graduated three times from RGU is an amazing feeling. I’m focused on being able to provide the highest possible standard of care and the skills I’ve learned on this course will help me to do just that.

“This time last year I sadly lost my Granny at the age of 94 who would have been so proud to see me graduate. She was a strong believer in lifelong learning and having worked as a primary school head teacher she knew only too well the importance of education and always encouraged me to continue my studying, so this one is for her.”

Lyn also works at RGU as an honorary lecturer at the Faculty of Health and Social Care where she hopes to inspire other students who are dedicated to continuous professional development in their own careers.

She said: “The Nurse Led Practice course has enabled me to developed knowledge and skills which will make a big difference to the quality and effectiveness of patient, person-centred care I provide. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the course to other healthcare professionals who are keen to further enhance their skills.

“By lecturing at RGU I hope to encourage other students to consider continued professional development. Like many other professions it is becoming more important in the health sector and when it comes to providing care you cannot afford to stand still – there is always more to learn.”

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Ross Anderson
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