A former student has made the next step in her Dental Nursing career by moving to Malta – thanks to a work experience placement she excelled in during her time at New College Lanarkshire.
Sarah Murphy, 34 from Cambuslang, completed the Level 6 Higher National Certificate in Dental Nursing at the College’s Coatbridge Campus – learning the theoretical and practical skills required for dental nursing in the state-of-the-art training facilities.
As part of the programme, Sarah was selected to attend an educational study trip in Malta where she completed a two-week work placement at Mint Health and Dental in Triq Birbal.
Funded by Erasmus, study trips aim to encourage students to put their skills into practice, enhance confidence and encourage international best practice. Students have the chance to complete a work placement while enjoying cultural trips and experiences.
Sarah excelled in her placement and impressed her employers with her knowledge, confidence and skills. She kept in touch with the owner of the practice, who advised her of a vacancy and invited her to apply. Sarah was successful in her application and has now moved to Malta to progress her career.
She said: “I am extremely grateful to New College Lanarkshire and the Erasmus programme for all the opportunities I’ve had – if it wasn’t for those I wouldn’t be here in Malta, experiencing this great new venture in my life.
“Attending college for the last two years has been the best thing I have ever done and now I have been given this great opportunity over in Malta working with extremely talented dental practitioners.
“I have already gained so much more confidence in myself and I am loving every minute of my time here.
“I intend to stay in Malta long-term, hopefully progressing into other areas of dental nursing.
“Thanks to all the team at New College Lanarkshire and especially to Nicola Wyman, Kate Wilson and Mandy Jennings for all their help and support over the last two years.
“I would recommend anyone, no matter their age, to follow their ambitions because I am proof that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and put in the hard work.
“I have made friends at NCL and I am very happy with where I am in life right now. One life – one chance!”
Kate Wilson, Curriculum and Quality Leader for Dental Nursing at New College Lanarkshire, said: “This life changing opportunity is on the back of Sarah successfully completing an Erasmus exchange programme, supported by the College.
“We wish her well and are confident that she will be a fantastic ambassador for Dental Nursing.”
New College Lanarkshire offers Dental Nursing training from Level 5 to degree level. For more information, visit: https://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/dental-nursing
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