A first class nursing experience for Chloe

Published: December 8, 2020

A Shropshire nurse who achieved a first class honours degree says her time at Telford College helped to set her on the road to success.

Chloe Dodd is now working at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford on a cardiology ward, and said the support from her tutors at the college was ‘brilliant’.

“I was taught at home for the first part of my education and joined Telford College at the age of 14, on the home education programme studying a level two qualification in hair and beauty – very different to what I’m doing now!

“I passed all my GCSEs and gained a qualification in computer user skills and functional skills maths and English. And after that, I studied a level three extended diploma in health and social care.”

Chloe then began a nursing course at Staffordshire University and finished in September with a first class honours degree.

“I enjoyed the health and social care course at Telford College and it helped to prepare me well for university,” she said.

“I enjoyed the practical side too where I had a range of different work placements, and it was during one of those placements at a nursing home that I decided to become a nurse.”

Chloe said the friends she made during her time at the college were a great support network – as were her tutors.

“The support from the tutors was brilliant – they were all so approachable and I felt that I could go to them with any concerns or worries I had, whether they were course-related or otherwise.

“They were always encouraging and reassuring, making me believe in myself. I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today without their support and encouragement, especially from my personal tutor Andrew.”

Chloe said proper planning and good time management skills were vital during her course, particularly as she worked alongside her studies as a healthcare assistant in a nursing home at weekends.

Telford College health and social care lecturer, Andrew Shouli, said: “Chloe always spoke enthusiastically about becoming an adult nurse, but never quite believed that she had the ability to achieve her dreams.

“She was exceptionally hard-working and invested both time and effort into achieving high grades.

“Chloe was an exemplary student with high expectations and we often discussed her potential to eventually go on to manage a team of nurses on a hospital ward.

“With so many fantastic qualities, I believe she will grow in her new role and continue to excel, moving quickly into a managerial role.

“I am tremendously proud of her and it’s a great honour to be sharing Chloe’s success with the news that she has achieved a first class degree in adult nursing.”

Sarah Cadenne de Lannoy, learner manager for health, early years and education at Telford College, added: “We are really proud of Chloe and the hard work she put in.

“We also had the privilege of working with her sister Verity, who has just started her midwifery degree. Both are incredible ambassadors for the college.”