University studies bring Lisa back to her roots

Graduating from Robert Gordon University (RGU) has brought one former Aberdeen resident back to the Granite City after completing a distance learning course.

Now based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Lisa Kendall successfully completed her online Masters in Nursing and graduated at Aberdeen Music Hall on Tuesday, December 9.

Lisa (39) was brought up in Aberdeen and attended Harlaw Academy as a secondary school pupil. As well as her postgraduate degree from RGU she already holds a BSc (Hons) in Biology from Bangor University and BN (Hons) from RGU.

Lisa started the course at RGU in 2013 through a desire to improve patient care in the nursing profession.

She said: “I'm very proud that I've graduated and I feel humbled and moved by all the support, help, advice and love my friends, family and work colleagues have given me. I couldn't have done it alone.

“I want to make a positive difference to patient care and encourage other nurses to do the same and feel empowered to be all they can.

“I feel as a profession we could achieve so much more, sadly we are often undervalued but the contribution we make is vital but sometimes unappreciated.

“Through the course I’ve learned how to implement positive change, how to communicate more effectively and how to negotiate with more senior colleagues.”

Working part-time as a nurse throughout her studies, Lisa has been supported by her husband Andy and their three children Laura (12), Callum (9) and Hannah (3).

Lisa said: “Re-familiarising myself with Aberdeen and lecturers who supported me through my nursing degree has been a fantastic experience. Now that I’ve seen the city again I feel quite homesick after living here as a child.  

“I also achieved funding for my Masters course and would like to thank RGU as I was part-funded through the Merit Scholarship Scheme, The Orthopaedic Institute and The Oswestry League of Nurses who also kindly supported my studies.

“I hope to continue to make positive contributions within the team where I currently work at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.  I’m also undertaking formal paediatric and anaesthetic training to further broaden my skills and scope of practice.”

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Ross AndersonCommunications Officer | Health and Sport