A mother and daughter marked a milestone today as they completed the same university nursing course together.
Kirstie and Kayleigh Tidy took the same adult nursing courses at Napier University in Edinburgh.
“We spent time together in the lessons during the practical work and were often confused with each other”
Kirstie Tidy, 45, of Livingston, had worked in the insurance industry but always wanted to work in the care industry.
Although she has not had any formal education since leaving school, she successfully applied for a place at the university while taking an access course at Edinburgh College.
Her daughter Kayleigh, 22, also from Livingston, decided to take up adult nursing after being extremely impressed with the care her grandmother received after being diagnosed with cancer.
The mother and daughter began their Bachelor of Science in Nursing in September 2015.
Kirstie said: âWe spent time together in class during the labs and were often mistaken for each other because we had the same initials – which sometimes resulted in one of our names being removed because it looked like a duplicate. Lots of staff didn’t know we were related.
âWe studied separately and chose different topics to write about, but it must have been quite difficult for my husband Steven and my son Logan, 16, to have two stressed-out students at home studying for the exams at the same time. ” she said.
âMyself and Kayleigh are now trying to get placements to launch our careers,â she said. “This is the ambition of my life because I have always wanted to help others and now, here I am in my forties, I am finally taking the plunge.”
He added, âWe both look forward to pursuing careers in nursing. “
“My friends were shocked that my mother was on the same course”
Kayleigh said she and her mother traveled to the university’s Sighthill campus together from West Lothian, but made friends of their own on campus.
âMy friends were shocked that my mom was going the same way and people were curious how we fared,â she said. âLike a typical mother and daughter, we get along well.
âWe were both stressed by exam time, but it was good to share the stress with someone who knows exactly what the issues are and what you are going through,â she noted.
Mother & Daughter Personal Development Tutor Emma Trotter said: âIt has been an absolute pleasure working with the fantastic ‘Team Tidy’.
âFrom the start, I was aware of the strong bond between mother and daughter in their mutual support to achieve their individual and common goals,â she said.
She added: âThey have a shared determination to make a difference in the lives of those they care for.
âThey both have a fantastic future ahead of them and I am proud to have played a small part in their nursing journey,â she said. ” Good job girls ! “
Today’s ceremony at Usher Hall was truly a family affair, as sisters Kerri Russell and Colene Flannigan are also graduates of the university’s nursing programs.
The siblings earned degrees in Learning Disability Nursing and Mental Health Nursing, respectively.