Mum graduates with nursing degree at 50

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  • Monday, 10 Mar 2003

KOTA BARU: Azlina Mohamed may be 50, but she is not about to retire - she just graduated with the first batch of nursing degree students from Universiti Sains Malaysia’s School of Medical Sciences. 

She is among the 18 nurses from the Health Campus in Kubang Kerian who had to juggle time between their children and studies. 

Azlina is the oldest among them. Only five in the group are single. 

Azlina says the opportunity was just right.

A mother of three, Azlina said she decided to study for a degree as “the opportunity was right in front of me.” 

“My husband supported me completely while I studied full-time. He even brought me food when I was staying in the hostel. And of course, he also had to take care of the children,” said Azlina, who started her nursing career in 1974 with the Health Ministry. 

She is now working at the infectious disease control ward of the USM Hospital.  

At the students’ graduation dinner here on Saturday, USM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dzulkifli Abdul Razak said the nurses did very well considering that their average age was around 40. 

Furthermore, most of them had left school for many years before embarking on their degree course, he told reporters.  

Also honoured along with the nursing graduates were the first batch of biomedicine and dietetics graduates, who would all have their convocation in August. 

Prof Dzulkifli said USM was also in the process of producing the first batch of forensic science and medical radiation graduates next year.  

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