Nursing studies

From care assistant to registered nurse: taking the foundation course route

Two students’ experiences of juggling a nursing course and placements with a care home role

Two students’ experiences of juggling a nursing course and placements with their care home role

Care workers can start working towards a career as a registered nurse by undertaking a foundation course Picture: iStock

Two care workers in Northern Ireland are about to achieve their ambition of becoming registered nurses, thanks to the support they’ve received from their workplace.

‘They’ve both worked in care homes for years, but because of financial constraints and family commitments they’ve never had the chance to go to university and do their nursing degree,’ says Claire Black, nurse manager at Parkmanor Oaks nursing home in Dunmurry, Belfast, which is part of the Macklin Group.

Encouraged to take on a foundation course, then nursing degree

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