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Course to boost future workforce

Wednesday, 18th August, 2010

* The students in the Assistant Nursing program. * The students in the Assistant Nursing program.

A new nursing certificate course which has been designed to boost the local workforce, started this week.

A total of 28 people have embarked on the new nursing certificate course with Greater Western Area Health Service.
This course is designed to help the region develop its own nursing workforce.
Resulting from a NSW Health initiative, the Greater Western AHS Centre for Rural and Remote Education (CRRE) is delivering the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance.
The course started on Monday with students here and in Orange.
It is a pre-employment course and is for those interested in a career as a nursing assistant in acute care in hospitals or other clinical facilities such as rehabilitation centres.
According to the Acting Director of the CRRE, Michele Pitt, the course is not available elsewhere.
"The establishment of the CRRE has provided the Area Health Service with a greater capacity to increase the delivery of qualifications that result in developing our future health care workforce," said Ms Pitt.
"This course allows local people living in our rural communities to start at the entry-level pathway into a health care career."
Ms Pitt said participants who complete the course can work as an Assistant in Nursing.
"Working as an Assistant in Nursing can help you pay your way while you complete further study. This qualification is also a pathway to other assistant roles in health care such as aged care and allied health assistance," Ms Pitt said.
The course is a full time 14-week course involving training and a clinical work placement.
Nurse Educator Kelly Dart said these courses help in a few different ways.
"We offer to do it quickly and the participants can get their foot in the door with the health department," Ms Dart said.
Ms Dart said the participants seem eager and enthusiastic and places were filling quickly for next year's course.

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