My nearly 20 year old daughter is coming to the end of her second year in university of a three year course in child nursing, and she is doing incredibly well even if I say so myself. Her grades have gone up significantly since the end of her first year which makes me very proud of her.
My daughter is apparently in a very enviable position according to a ITV news report I saw the other night on tv. Most hospital trusts throughout the UK have massive vacancies for nurses, so there should be no problem getting a job. Of course it's not quite that simple. Nurses are leaving the NHS in their droves because there is a cap on pay rises and they are over worked, stretched to breaking point and having to work many hours unpaid, because they care.
How sad it is that this current government and in particular Jeremy Hunt have taken away bursaries for nurses to train, which has dramatically reduced the amount of people deciding to train as nurses. So what career does she have in store for her? I sincerely hope a good one, but I have my doubts. Time will tell.
Part of my daughters course involves going on a placement of her choice for two weeks in her second year. This can involve travelling to anywhere in the world.
OMG! When she announced to me via text that she was thinking of going to Uganda for her placement. Well, I'm going to be honest, I was not excited at first, but she is an adult and I couldn't stop her and it was her decision to do something a bit different.
She explained to me exactly what was going to happen on her placement and it settled my nerves and fears a little bit. I might add that she is not going alone. She is going with another girl training to be a nurse, which makes me feel a bit more reassured.
My fears are born from the fact that I know nothing about Uganda other than Yoweri Museveni the appalling way he has ruled Uganda for years. The fear that he has bestowed upon its people. For all of that it is all organised by the university so I know they would make sure it was all done safely. Obviously nowadays wherever you travel in the world there is an element of risk. GOV.UK always have great advice and a quick read of this definitely eased my mind.
So at the beginning of August she be will flying out to Uganda for two weeks. What is nice about this particular weekend is that I have to go to London for an event on the Saturday and we are planning on going up together, staying overnight and enjoying some time together. I can't remember the last time I did that and your children are never too old to have one on one quality time together. On the Sunday I will drive my daughter to Heathrow for her flight.
I will worry the entire time my daughter is in Uganda, what father wouldn't? However I believe it will challenge her and define her life, and show her a part of life that most of us including myself only ever see on TV. The terrible and appalling conditions borne from proverty in third world countries. I'm sure this will give my daughter an education in itself.
I'm immensely proud of my daughter E because she could have taken the easy option of doing this placement in this country, but no she wanted to test herself and definitely challenge herself, and that makes proud to call her my daughter.
What it has also taught me is that no matter how old your children get, you will always worry about them. I actually it believe never stops.
I love you very much E. Enjoy your trip and I hope you learn lots about yourself which I'm sure you will. Oh yes! Come home safe please!