TCAT helps Jodie to follow her nursing dreams

Published: September 23, 2016

Jodie Shaw has spent more than a decade caring for her mother, who had a stroke when her daughter was just 10 years old.

The 21-year-old, from Woodside, watched how nurses looked after her mother when she had to be admitted to hospital – and said it inspired her to become an adult nurse.

The dream is on the way to becoming a reality, after Jodie completed a BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at Telford College of Arts and Technology, earning a place at Keele University.

It has not been an easy journey. Jodie initially failed to achieve the A Level grades required for higher education, and once she finally got a place at TCAT, she worked 30 hours a week at McDonald’s to support her through college.

Her tutors said it was her determination, attitude, and across-the-board distinction grades on her units which earned her a Learner of the Year award at this year’s TCAT celebration of achievement ceremony.

Jodie said: “I have managed to achieve my dream of progressing on to university to study adult nursing.

“TCAT has helped me to do this by supporting and encouraging me every step of the way. When times were tough, my tutor Tracy Leah helped to keep me going.

“The hard work and dedication from all of the teaching staff I had at TCAT have helped me to be where I am today. Without all of their support and the great resources at TCAT, I would not have been able to achieve my dream.”

She added: “I was determined to get distinctions within every unit and that’s what I did. I want to say thank you to all of the staff from Telford College of Arts and Technology’s level three health team, because without them I would not have been ready to take the next step.”

Jodie was offered places at four different universities at the end of her TCAT course, but chose Keele which is currently rated second in the Guardian league table for Nursing and Midwifery Schools in England.

Tracy Leah said: “Jodie was a supportive friend to her peers, and was happy to help them to complete their work.

“She was a confident member of the group, but she encouraged others to join in with discussions and group tasks with her gentle way of talking to people. This will be invaluable when she is caring for her patients.”

Photo: Jodie Shaw with TCAT principal Jo Lomax at the college’s Celebration of Achievement ceremony