The 33-year-old from Airdrie was determined that P3 Tollbrae Primary School pupil Jasmine wasn’t going to share her dread of six-monthly check-ups.
“When I was younger, I was petrified of the dentist – I was so anxious about it and the thought of fillings and extractions really freaked me out. But I wanted to show Jasmine that it’s not something to be scared of. After I put a brave face on and went to the dentist more often, I became interested in it.”
Louise is now is in her first year of HND Dental Nursing at New College Lanarkshire’s Coatbridge Campus. She combines two days of study in College per week with two days of work placement at Buchanan Dental Care in Coatbridge.
A former waitress who had previously worked as a care assistant in nursing homes, Louise spotted the course while considering a return to full-time study.
“I feel that I’ve made the right choice – I’m really enjoying it. Being in class is great, but being out in placement and being more hands-on is really good as well. There’s a lot more background to it than I realised, especially when you think of all the different materials and how every patient is different. It can be a struggle sometimes trying to combine all the course work with Jasmine’s clubs at night-time, but if you really want it, then you get there.”
Dr Alasdair Allan MSP officially opened the state-of-the-art Dental and Science Facilities at the College’s Coatbridge Campus in February 2016. These include an intra-oral camera and a ‘Phantom Head lab’ to allow simulated learning on model heads.
A little advise from Louise to future mature students:
“To anyone thinking about returning to study as a mature student would definitely be to go for it. You might get through a course and decide that it’s not for you, but at least you’ve tried and you’ve given yourself that option to do better or change a career.”
““I feel that I’ve made the right choice – I’m really enjoying it."