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Studies pay off for local nurse

06 December 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Kerry’s husband returns from Afghanistan in time to see her graduate

A local nurse has proved that hard work really does pay off after landing her dream job following a return to study.

Kerry Riley, a 32-year-old mother of two, managed to complete an intensive year-long course in community public health nursing and juggle family life while her husband Anthony was posted to Afghanistan with the army for six months.

Kerry, who lives at Weeton Barracks with her family, studied at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and has now taken up a specialist nursing role as a registered health visitor working with young children after spending eight years as a nurse first in the army and then at Beardwood Hospital in Blackburn.

Speaking at her graduation ceremony in Preston she said: “Today is the culmination of a year of hard work and I’m so pleased that my husband has safely returned from Afghanistan and can see me graduate.

“It’s been a challenge and at times I thought about giving up but I received a lot of support from my tutors and somehow found the strength to do it.”

“It’s been a challenge and at times I thought about giving up but I received a lot of support from my tutors and somehow found the strength to do it. I absolutely love my new job and it makes the hard work worth it.”

Kerry found she had a passion for community nursing while working in the army where she trained for the profession before leaving in 2004 to have her daughter Faith who is now 9-years-old. She also has a 5-year-old son called Bobby.

Kerry added: “I’ve put my heart and soul into my studies. I’ve brought my daughter along to my graduation ceremony to inspire her to work hard at school and show that in the end hard work does pay off.”