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Three sisters start on nursing degree

13 Sep 2018 9:45AM

Three sisters from Woodbridge have started at the University following their dream of becoming nurses and following in their mum’s footsteps.

Aneetta, Anjel and Aleena Shibu Matthew are quadruplets with their other sister, Aneesha Shibu Mathew, studying physiotherapy elsewhere. They started Adult Nursing this September after attending Thomas Mills High School for their A Levels.

Aneetta said, “Nursing runs in our family, our mum works in the Oncology Department of Ipswich Hospital after graduating from the University of Suffolk. The role of a nurse goes beyond healing the physical problems. A holistic approach that looks at the entire well-being of the patient, handling the physical, emotional and mental aspect in what inspires me the most about this profession.  Nursing is a profession that requires a lot of decision making which includes using critical thinking skills to set goals and meet patient’s needs. I want to do something in my career that is challenging, interesting and most of all, making a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis. With a degree like nursing, there will be many opportunities for personal and professional development, which I can embark on.”

Anjel said, “I knew my sisters had applied to study at Suffolk, it definitely influenced my decision to go to the same university.”

Aleena added, “We were all pleased that we were able to go to the same university. We came along to one of the Open Events and everyone was so lovely and helpful, there was a great atmosphere.”

Aneetta worked part time in a pharmacy while her sisters Anjel and Aleena worked at nursing homes to gain relevant experience for the course.

Paul Driscoll-Evans, Dean of Health Sciences at the University of Suffolk, said, “We’re really delighted to welcome Aneetta, Anjel and Aleena to the University, following in their mother’s footsteps. This is certainly the first time we have welcomed three sisters into the same cohort of students.”

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