Deaf woman becomes a nurse, twenty years after being told she couldn’t

Posted on November 1, 2013

Here’s a heartwarming article from the North East about a deaf woman who has achieved her dream of becoming a nurse – despite being told it wouldn’t be possible twenty years ago.

The article was sent to our Editor, Charlie Swinbourne by his father-in-law, Michael Robinson, who funnily enough, used to teach her! Small world.

She showed genuine dedication to achieve her aim, taking two buses to complete her training and spending many years as  nursing assistant.

Here’s an extract from the local Gazette:

A mum-of-three who was told her deafness would make it impossible for her to become a nurse has finally landed her dream job – 20 years after her hopes were dashed.

At the age of 17, Geraldine Rooney, now 37, from Redcar, was told the career she had craved from the age of three was over before it had even begun.

Despite passing all the necessary qualifications to allow her to apply for a place on a nursing course, it was made clear her deafness was a stumbling block.

But five years ago, after learning deafness was no longer a barrier to becoming a nurse, she enrolled on an access course at Teesside University – and has now landed her first job as a registered nurse on James Cook’s gastroenterology ward.

“It has been a long time studying for five years but I’m glad I did it,” she said.

“It’s been worth it. My husband has been more chuffed than me. I think he cried when I said I’d passed!”

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