Driven by Adventure
At age 17, Kirstin left Buckie High School halfway through her S6 studies in 2007 - due to already having the grades to get into the college course she wanted.
When college applications came around, Kirstin successfully applied for the HNC Health Care course at Moray College UHI to test her career preference to get into the Health and Social Care Sector. Along with the theory side of the college course, Kirstin had to complete 3 different work placements throughout, including time at Dr Grays in the Surgical Department, time with a Community Nurse in Keith and also at Parklands Nursing Home.
Once Kirstin completed her HNC Health Care course, she then went on to complete her Nursing Degree at Edinburgh Napier – which she loved!
In 2010, Kirstin graduated from University and moved back to Moray where Parklands Care Home offered her a job as a Community Post Nurse along with working part-time as a waitress at a local hotel.
After doing two part-time jobs for two years, Kirstin decided to go travelling abroad for two years and trained as a volunteer as part of her local church – setting up community projects.
On her way home from traveling her previous manager offered her a position at a Nursing Home in Banff. After working in this position for 6 months, Kirstin applied for a few NHS positions as she was very keen to start working for them – especially Dr Grays in Elgin. She then started a job at Dr Grays as a Staff Nurse.
After three and a half years Kirstin applied successfully to the Practise Education Facilitator position at Dr Grays. It was through her love of helping the student nurses when being a staff nurse she thought this mentoring role for students was perfect for her.