From Negombo to nursing

Pumie Senadhira started her educational journey 5,500 miles away at St. Nicholas' International College in Negombo, Sri Lanka, before emigrating to the UK.

But after completing her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care at BAC in 2019 she was accepted on to the BSc in Nursing (Child) degree course at the University of Bradford.

Now in her second year, she has been enjoying work placements at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Children's Ward at Bradford Royal Infirmary, Children's Outpatients at Airedale General Hospital and with Bradford District Care Trust’s Health Visiting Team and Paediatric Community Outreach Teams.

Pumie, 20, of Bishop Auckland, said: “Being able to work alongside the professionals we aspire to be allows us to gain insights into how our job roles are set out, which is a huge motivator. And being able to engage with actual patients and establish professional bonds is such a lovely experience.”

Recalling her two years at Bishop Auckland College, she added: “My time at BAC is something that I will never forget. Looking back, I remember how daunting it was for me to begin my journey at college as I was in a completely new environment, worried about everything that it would entail.

“This feeling of dread instantly changed to a feeling of hope and determination once I joined and became a part of the whole lovely academic environment. BAC provided me with immense support from the get-go.

“I really enjoyed my time at BAC and would highly recommend joining as it has truly given me some of the best memories and helped me become the individual I am today, an aspiring student nurse eagerly waiting to qualify with my degree and proceed into a job role I've always wanted to be in.

“Academically, I believe that I had one of the best tutors I have ever come across. Her enthusiasm, support and dedication had a significant positive impact on my performance as she motivated and guided me tirelessly to achieve my utmost potential, something I will always be grateful for.”

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