A LISBURN mother is celebrating after being
named top nursing student at Queen's University.
Laura Postlethwaite, 27, was presented with
the Florence Elliott Prize - awarded to the best overall
student, and is the highest award given - when early 400 Nursing
and Midwifery students graduated last week.
Laura, who is married with two sons, is
delighted to be this years recipient but admits that it was an
uphill struggle and took a lot of determination. "At times it
was difficult trying to juggle family life with studying and my
part time job as an auxiliary nurse - I never had a minute to
myself but it has been all worth it now that I am qualified,"
It was when she was pregnant with her second
child that Laura decided to carve out a nursing career for
herself. She signed up to a part-time night course and then
embarked on a three year nursing degree.
She said: "I got married and had my children
young but it just shows you what you can achieve when you put
your mind to it. It was very intense but I had great support
from my family.
"I would encourage anyone who is thinking of
going back to studying to do it. I just can't believe how well I
Laura has taken up a nursing post in the Intensive Care Unit
of the Royal Victoria Hospital.