Norma MacLeod was presented with the R G Bomont Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice on 22 December 2008, and family, friends, teaching staff and NHS Western Isles staff came along to celebrate her achievement.
Norma was one of our nursing students who appeared in the BBC TV series ‘Nursing a Dream’. She graduated in the November 2008 ceremony at Inverness Cathedral.
Norma commented “I left school with only six standard grades and I never imagined that one day I would get a degree. Now I definitely have plans for the future. The truth is I don’t want to settle for a wee job and just relax. I love nursing too much. I have achieved more than I ever thought I could and now I think I will continue my studies. In this profession, I don’t think you can afford to stop learning.”
Dr Annetta Smith, Associate Head at Western Isles Campus said: “Norma displayed many exceptional qualities, and as her personal tutor, I was impressed by the way she spoke about nursing care, demonstrating a genuine caring ethos and an impressive knowledge of nursing practice. However, Norma was always quietly reflective about her achievements and genuinely surprised to hear she had won the award.”
Today, Norma works in elderly care in the Stroke Rehabilitation ward of Inverurie Hospital and laughs to recall early doubts about her ability to be a nurse. “Now I absolutely love nursing and I thrive on any new challenges. The programme has given me so much more confidence – I really do feel ready to tackle anything.”
“I owe thanks to a lot of people who helped and encouraged me – especially my husband Neil for his support and encouragement and parents for babysitting at awkward times. My University lecturers in Stornoway were amazing. I believe we’ve made a connection for life.”