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Nisha Dominic - MSc in Advancing Nursing Practice

Nisha Dominic - MSc in Advancing Nursing Practice
A determined NHS nurse who wrote her dissertation while battling long-covid symptoms and persevered through family illness and loss is graduating in the face of adversity with a MSc in Advancing Nursing Practice.

44-year-old Nisha Dominic had to overcome some of the most challenging circumstances to achieve her MSc in Advancing Nursing Practice but, as she takes the stage to celebrate, the inspiring graduate is already making plans to pursue a PhD once she recovers from the long-term effects of coronavirus.

Born in India, Nisha achieved a BSc in Nursing and worked in her home country, Kuwait, and the Channel Islands, before moving to Aberdeen. She first joined RGU to complete a master’s degree over a decade ago.

“Achieving a master's degree has always been my goal but, when I joined RGU in 2010, I found it hard to develop the academic writing skills I needed. I ended up failing my first-year modules, lost confidence and quit the course.

“In 2016, I took a job as a nurse practitioner and went back to RGU to do my first module. I happened to discuss my dream of pursuing a master’s and my fear of writing essays with one of the lecturers, and she looked at me and said: take it as a challenge. So, I decided to follow her advice, did a lot of reading, practised my writing, and look at me now graduating.”

The journey towards accomplishing her degree wasn't easy, as life also came with challenges. During her first year, Nisha proved her resilience by continuing her studies while grieving the sudden loss of her father and 29-year-old cousin. Unfortunately, her strength was re-tested the following year when her husband was diagnosed with cancer.

“I suspended the course because my husband’s cancer got to a stage where he was fighting for his life in the intensive therapy unit, and I needed to be there for my family. Afterwards, when he was in recovery, I also had to take on a full-time job to financially support us.

“Everything seemed to be back on track after that, until soon after starting my dissertation, I contracted Covid-19. Writing a dissertation wasn’t easy because I was experiencing multiple long-lasting symptoms of the virus, including brain fog. I wouldn’t have been able to graduate without the support and understanding of my RGU supervisor and my family.”

Nisha is currently working as an urgent care practitioner in the NHS Grampian out-of-hours service. Reflecting on her time at RGU, she said: "I believe this highly tailored programme best prepared me to become an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and meet the challenging needs of the NHS.

“Not only did my time at RGU improve my writing and analysing skills and enhance my professional network, but it also helped me discover a passion for research. Having completed the course, I now feel I have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue my PhD as soon as I recover.”

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