Keeping it in the family

Published: 02/03/2023

A father and son duo are both currently studying mental health nursing together at NTU!

Father and son standing outside Newton building

Adrian and Kacper Dzialo, from Gedling in Nottingham, chose to study BSc (Hons) Nursing – Mental Health because of a desire to make a difference and look after vulnerable people.

What’s equally impressive is that the Dzialo family is now set to become an entire family of nurses! Adrian’s wife Alicja has already been a practicing nurse for some time and their youngest son Jacob also wants to follow in their footsteps.

The pair say that this experience has allowed them to become closer and support each other in their studies. The two of them hold each other accountable on coursework deadlines, study together and test each other’s knowledge on laws and legislations. They also helped each other decide on their placement choices, which forms part of their course.

It’s been a really interesting experience studying with my Dad and it isn’t common for people to say they come home and share stories with their father about their day at university!

Kacper Dzialo

Kacper and his dad made their minds up after attending an open day together at NTU’s Mansfield Hub. They were given a tour around the campus and nursing facilities and, not long after, they submitted their applications.

Thinking about the future after the pair graduate in September 2025, Adrian is considering doing further study so he can do a dual qualification with adult nursing. Kacper is excited about the many options and routes that nursing offers and is even considering working abroad as a nurse as a possibility.

With only 11% of nurses in the UK being male*, they both hope that their stories will also encourage more men to consider a career in nursing.

*According to ‘Stats And Facts on the UK’s Nursing Workforce 2023