Date: 13th Sep 2016
One door closed but another opened for a woman forced to give up a career in ballet due to injury and pursue a degree in nursing at Buckinghamshire New University.
Nicole Broadbent graduated with a degree in BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children's) in a ceremony at the Wycombe Swan theatre, High Wycombe.
She is now a Neonatal Nurse working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in London and plans to go on to study for specialist qualifications in neonatal nursing care.
Nicole said: "Before venturing on my journey to study for my degree and achieve accreditation with The Nursing & Midwifery Council I was a dancer and a qualified ballet teacher.
"After a severe ankle injury and four rounds of surgery over two years I took the plunge to undertake a whole new career venture.
"I actually attended my interview at Bucks New University with my foot in plaster and was on crutches at the start of my first year. It meant I was certainly memorable in my interview!
"Three years on I can honestly say it was the best decision and I would like to thank all of my lecturers and the staff at Bucks New University for their support throughout my degree."
Karen Harrison-White, Head of Academic Department for Pre-Qualifying Nursing (Child), said: "Nicole has worked incredibly hard to successfully complete her BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children's) Degree.
"Nicole is a most diligent student and absolutely deserves to achieve this award. I wish her every success as she embarks on her neonatal career and I have no doubt that she will be a credit to the nursing profession."
Nicole's parents Chris, a mining engineer, and Liz, a special needs teacher, supported her at her graduation, along with her brother, Matthew, a professional ballet dancer with Scottish Ballet, and her uncle, John Willson.
Picture caption: Nicole Broadbent graduated with a degree in BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children's).