Three passionate carers who joined a Brackley care home three years ago have taken the next stage in their careers.
Caroline Evans, Tyisa Houghton and Lisa Kuhn started work at Juniper House when it opened in 2012.
They were quickly recognised for their hard work and promoted to senior carers.
But Juniper House deputy manager Lucy Horder, who was doing her masters degree at Barchester Business School, which is run by the same company as the care home, realised the ladies could go further.
Mrs Evens said: “When Lucy mentioned the idea to us that we could actually become nurses with the full support of the Barchester Business School, we were over- whelmed with being valued and our hard work recognised and supported. The journey will be a long one to qualify but we are over whelmed with the support.
“Being care practitioners now enables us to do the medication rounds, take blood samples and dress wounds. We are living the dream.”
Debbie Allen, general manager of Juniper House said: “All three ladies are very passionate about the care our residents at Juniper House receive.
“They have studied hard to be care practitioners. They are the most dedicated staff I have had the pleasure to work with in my 18 years with Barchester Healthcare.
“All the staff in Juniper House are very supportive and we have received excellent feedback from the families and residents.”