SuniTAFE's first group of Enrolled Nurses have successfully completed their studies and ready to enter the workforce.
These are the first students to have undertaken the re-accredited two year program of 13 students in each of the Diploma of Nursing groups at the Mildura and Swan Hill Campuses.
"Lead by our strong nursing team to teach the future nursing workforce, we are delighted to have our first groups complete the program" said Julie Wilson, SuniTAFE's Head of Discipline Rural Nursing.
To highlight student excellence in nursing theory and clinical practice, Tara Matthews (Swan Hill) and Tyler Ayars (Mildura) have been awarded the 2020 Aware Super and Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Vic Branch) Student Awards.
"Nominated by the SuniTAFE teaching team, Tara and Tyler exhibited attributes that are intrinsic to nursing practice, and we wish them all the best for their nursing career" said Ms Wilson.
Tara Matthews has a position at Kerang District Health in the Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program starting February 2021 and Tyler Ayars has secured a Part-Time Enrolled Nurse position at Jacaranda Village in line with family commitments, and looks forward to pursuing a position in the Bachelor of Nursing sometime in the future.
"These outcomes demonstrate the great work that has been done by Julie and her team over recent years in re-establishing SuniTAFE as a quality training provider in this vital field" said Geoff Dea, SuniTAFE CEO.
As a key growth industry for the Mallee region, SuniTAFE plays a critical role in training the required future supply of workers.
"Most of the students already have positions and will stay local if there is work available" said Ms Wilson.
In June 2021 an additional group of 30 nursing students will complete the program.