Why Studying Nursing Is The Key to a Rewarding Career
Here at training.com.au, we love nothing more than to help aspiring students chase down their dream careers. That’s why in September last year, we announced the $1000 Nursing Student Scholarship. Students were asked to submit in 100 words or less, ‘How do you think you can change the world as a nurse?’.
Despite receiving over 300 entries, there can be only one winner and after much deliberation, we finally settled on which was the most inspiring response. The winner of our $1000 Nursing Student Scholarship was…
Bronwyn Sargeant from Gravesend, NSW!
And her winning response:
Every nurse has the potential to change the world! For every life that I save, by vigilant observation and proactive management of symptoms, a whole family is blessed with a future with their loved one. For every baby I may deliver, I bring happiness to parents and families. For every wound that I dress or ankle that I strap, someone is made to feel more comfortable. If nursing allows me to save lives, bring happiness and comfort to others, then I am changing the world for the better!
To find out everything you need to know about studying Nursing, as well as where it could take you career-wise, who better to ask than a fellow Nursing student? I sat down with Bronwyn to find out more about her experiences studying nursing as well as what motivated her to pursue a Nursing career.
What are you studying at the moment?
I’m currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Nursing, in my final year. I’m doing some work placement at the moment which keeps me really busy. Luckily the course is through distance learning, so I get to learn at my own pace and study when I need.
How are you liking your study?
Doing the Bachelor of Nursing is really good online, but it can be a little difficult at times too. Because of the nature of the course, sometimes I need to travel, only two of three times a year though. Luckily, I have an amazing job at the moment which allows me to work around the placement and the occasional travel to Adelaide. The course is a lot of work but I love studying and have been doing so since 2003, so I’m pretty use to it. I’ve done six Certificates and four Diplomas in various areas like child care, disability and even agriculture.
As for what I’m doing now, I do think the placement is very important but it can be hard, especially if you’ve never done something like it before. I do pretty well with all the theory work, but when it comes to practical skills I can be a bit lacking.
In something like Nursing, you need to be hands on and know all the skills and techniques, so doing a course with a work placement component is really important. I think more than anything it’s just making sure you have the commitment to the job, if you really love helping people, then the long hours and gruelling work shouldn’t seem so difficult.
It’s a lot of work being a nurse, but the time you’ll put into training is really worth it in the long run. You can really make a difference to someone’s life.
Did anything inspire you to pursue a career in nursing?
I’ve worked in aged care and disability homes before, and I remember having a patient that required more assistance than I could give. I couldn’t help but wish I had the knowledge and skills to be able to assist people who need it the most, and that’s what really started me down the nursing career path. Another inspiration was my grandmother and wanting to develop the skills to help her as well.
I also run the Warialda Respite Centre, for people who have a mental illness or disability and need a place to stay. This is a big motivator in what I do and drives me to keep studying and developing me knowledge to help them as best I can.
Nursing is also a great area because you can tailor your career to a nursing specialty based on what you’re passionate about. I like that you can explore different areas and be involved in a variety of health-related departments as your career progresses.
What are your goals for the future?
I had to leave the Warialda Respite Centre for a while because of the work placement which took up a lot of my time. I’d like to get back there at some stage possibly. I’m also hoping to teach in the future, even in Vocational Education like TAFE.
I’ve done plenty of teaching in areas like child care and disability. I really love doing that, so maybe down the track I can help teach the skills I’m learning now to others.
Do you have any advice for anyone out there thinking of studying nursing?
My advice for nursing students is to do a course like a Certificate III, which is what I did in Aged Care. This allows you to gain the basic skills first and work in the industry after a year of training. It’s also a great course to do to move into other qualifications, like an Enrolled Nurse course where you can learn skills such as administering medications and acclimate to hospital work.
The great thing about these nursing courses is that when they’re complete; you can register as an enrolled nurse and enter the workforce with a broad range of skills and experience. It’s also really good to go back and upskill in different areas in the future.
Congratulations again on winning the Nursing Scholarship and good luck for the rest of your nursing career!
Where Can a Nursing Course Take You?
There’s many options to choose from to enter the nursing profession, including Enrolled and Registered Nursing Pathways. If your passion is in a certain area, such as midwifery, there’s also plenty of nursing specialisations that can take your career to new heights.
What’s the Difference Between a Registered and Enrolled Nurse?
The main difference between the two is the level of responsibility and qualifications that have been gained. For Registered Nurses, a Bachelor of Nursing is required to become fully registered in the nursing profession, whereas an Enrolled Nurse only required a specialised Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Division 2) qualification which can easily be completed in class, online or through a blended mode.
Enrolled Nurses assist other medical professionals with patient care and treatment and Registered Nurses usually act as their supervisors.
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