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Students launch into nursing at TAFE

Tuesday, 8th September, 2009

A group of local high School students are among the first to take part in a nursing course with TAFE as part of their year 11 and 12 studies.

The students from BH High and Willyama are studying the Certificate III Health Services Assistance (Assisting in Nursing Work in Acute Care) as a step towards working in the health sector when they finish school.

TAFE's Narelle Pascoe said the course was offered to introduce more people to careers in health because of an expected increase in demand for nurses. "We are very proud of this first group of students who are mature and determined to get the most out of the course so they can pursue their ambitions for careers in the health industry," she said.

"This program allows them to complete their year 12 studies as well as the TAFE qualification so they will be ready to work immediately as assistants in nursing at the end of school, or will be on their way to further training pathways in health including becoming an enrolled or registered nurse."

Students attend TAFE classes two afternoons a week and will also do 50 hours of work placement at local health facilities during their school holidays, including eight hours in an acute care facility, like a hospital.

Students who are interested in the course in the future should speak to Kim Vodic from TAFE on 8082 6825 or their school Careers Advisor.

The course has additional requirements, including criminal records checks and recommended immunisations, which should be discussed with TAFE prior to enrolment.

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