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Mental Health Nursing graduate Ketran Eastham

Ketran awarded mental health nursing degree at UCLan graduation ceremony

A newly qualified nurse who was inspired to enter the profession after caring for her grandfather during her teens is celebrating at her University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduation ceremony.

Ketran Eastham knew she wanted to be a nurse when she was 4-years-old.  It was only when she became a young carer at the age of 16 for her grandfather who suffered from dementia that Ketran knew that mental health nursing was the route for her.

This week the 23-year-old graduated with a degree in mental health nursing from UCLan and has already started working for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) at the Priory in Cheadle Royal Hospital.

She said: “I was 16 when my grandad developed dementia and I was his carer for six months until he passed away.  It was only after going through this that I decided I wanted to work in mental health and help other people.”

I love working with young people and know this is the area for me. Eventually I’d like to do a master's degree in children and adolescent mental health and I know that my grandad would’ve been so proud of what I’ve achieved.

Alongside her studies Ketran is also an active volunteer.  She is a Scout leader with West Lancashire Scouts, works with the University’s Creative Communities Group (CCG) in helping to organise events and even went to Africa as part of the Eco-Students Abroad programme.

The former Moor Park High School pupil commented: “I was really honoured to be given a University award earlier this year in recognition of the voluntary work I’ve done during my time at UCLan, which amounts to more than 1,000 hours.

“I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve done.  From helping to build a house in South Africa, to taking part in World Mental Health Day.  I’m not very good at sitting still so I like to keep myself busy and get involved in community activities.”

Although Ketran only started her now job six weeks ago she is already looking to the future and how her career will develop.

She added: “I love working with young people and know this is the area for me.  Eventually I’d like to do a master's degree in children and adolescent mental health and I know that my grandad would’ve been so proud of what I’ve achieved.  He always knew I wanted to be a nurse.”

Lyndsey Boardman | 08 December 2016