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In 2017, Head of Nursing Jo-Liz Prosser will lead the delivery of the 18-month Diploma of Nursing in the new Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI) located in the Sunshine Coast Health Precinct. Ms Prosser has been a registered nurse for almost 20 years and says there has never been a better time to start a career in nursing. “The new SCHI facility will offer students a very unique and innovative study experience,” Ms Prosser said. “Nursing students will train in a purpose-built facility and utilise shared resources; providing a greater practical experience in their clinical skills training, resulting in an increased skill level prior to hospital placements and employment.” “SCHI has a 370-seat auditorium, e-learning labs and simulation suites which contains stateof-the-art technology and comprises exact replicas of hospital rooms including operating suite, intensive care bedroom, birthing suite and emergency resuscitation bay.”

worker in areas of natural disaster or crisis to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity,” she said. Studying a Diploma of Nursing at TAFE is very different to University as students learn the skills, knowledge and capability to start practical placement after only 10 weeks. “Students will enter their placements with the foundations of anatomy and physiology, know how to process and understand paperwork, and appreciate the importance of ‘activity of daily living skills’ like nutrition, mobility care and hygiene,” Ms Prosser said.


INCREASE IN ENROLMENTS Nursing is one of the most popular courses offered at TAFE Queensland East Coast with enrolments in the Diploma of Nursing increasing by 44.7 per cent since 2013.

“Training and assessment will be filmed on-site and can be streamed online to other students. The recorded sessions will then be archived as a learning tool made available for review and reference as required,” she said. A career in nursing offers people a very diverse set of transferable skills. Nurses are easily relatable, good communicators, professional and highly skilled. “Nursing is incredibly diverse and can literally take you anywhere you want to go,” Ms Prosser said. “You can choose to work in metro and regional areas or you can choose to travel and work on oil rigs, on cruise ships or in schools all around the world. You can even become a humanitarian aid

“To put this into perspective, students studying to become registered nurses at University don’t typically start practical placement until towards the end of their first year,” she said.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of practical placement which guarantees their skills become second nature and they graduate job-ready. “There will always be a need for nurses,” Ms Prosser said. “People who are confident, capable and caring are highly sought after and a career in nursing offers the ultimate in job satisfaction,” she said. Become one of the 1.3million Australians making a valuable difference in people’s lives every day and find out how a career in nursing could give you the ultimate in job satisfaction.

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