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Student secures only place in competitive nursing program

A North Regional TAFE nursing student will receive the ultimate introduction into the health industry, after securing the only place in a highly competitive graduate program.

South Hedland mother Nicole Shipway has been accepted into the Hedland Health Campus Enrolled Nursing Graduate Program for Semester 2, a highly regarded position open to applicants across the State.

Commencing the one-year program in August after completing her Diploma of Nursing, Nicole will be exposed to a variety of clinical settings, allowing her to put her new skills into practice and ultimately, shape the direction of her career.

Nicole – whose decision to become a nurse was initially based on ill family health encounters – said the news of her acceptance had created a sense of excitement for the future.

“Initially I was shocked by the news, but now I’m just excited for what the future will bring. I’m really looking forward to the guidance and support, and building working relationships within the hospital,” Nicole said.

“I made the decision to become a nurse after I witnessed my dad go through some pretty intense operations and recoveries. I got to see a different side to nursing and how caring, supportive and personable the nurses were. I’ll soon be able to offer the same support to other patients and their families.”

NRT Nursing Programs Coordinator Ngaire Whyte commended Nicole on securing the position, noting a high track record for NRT nursing students progressing into graduate programs in recent years.

“Nicole is the seventh NRT student successful in obtaining a graduate position in recent years, and she is very deserving of the position,” Ngaire said.

“Nicole has consistently submitted work of a high standard, and her ability to consolidate theory into practice has always been displayed in a highly competent manner.”

With the combination of graduate nursing programs, NRT’s recently built Health and Community Services Training Centre, and a partnership between NRT and CQUniversity Australia, Ngaire said it is now much easier for students to train and work locally, and remain living in the region.

NRT’s Health and Community Services Training Centre is based at the Pundulmurra campus in South Hedland, and provides a simulated nursing environment for students in training, equipping them with ‘real’ hands-on experience.

In addition to being able to progress into graduate programs and employment opportunities, NRT enrolled nursing graduates are now offered a direct pathway into CQUniversity Australia’s Bachelor of Nursing, receiving full credit for their completed Diploma of Nursing.

“It is great to be able to see students gaining nursing qualifications without having to leave the region,” Ngaire said.

“These options allow for regionally based people to gain qualifications locally, which in turn leads to local job opportunities and ‘growing our own nurses’ for the future.”

Click here to find out more about North Regional TAFE's Diploma of Nursing.

Page last updated June 08, 2018