With the global pandemic also disrupting universities across the globe, most of Flinders’ nursing work placements have continued throughout this tumultuous year.
As a result, students have boosted the health workforce by providing an extra pair of hands, while gaining invaluable practical experience in real-world settings. Flinders offers undergraduate and postgraduate nursing degrees that can lead to working in a large variety of health care environments, not just hospitals.
A career in nursing spans beyond wards, emergency departments and intensive care units. Nurses also work in mental health units, residential aged care facilities, community organisations, general practices, government departments, research facilities, private schools, the armed forces, and aid organisations.
A career in nursing is a career for life. It’s also a career that has promising employment prospects, with the Department of Jobs and Small Business predicting a 11.7% growth in registered nurses and a 16.2% growth in nurse managers.
Flinders University’s Academic Lead for Nursing, Associate Professor Susanne Pearce, says that the nursing program supports students from all backgrounds and experiences.
“You could be a school leaver, you might be looking for a change in career, or you might want to extend your current clinical role through further postgraduate studies – we have pathways to suit all,” she says.
“Our courses have a large breadth, backed by more than 40 years of experience and extensive industry connections. Flinders are the leaders in health care education, and our students learn in state-of-the-art facilities, including our Healthcare Simulation Centre which allows students to develop hands-on practical skills in an environment that mirrors real-life situations.
“Our undergraduate students are also engaged in over 1000 hours of work placement throughout their study, giving them a chance to make invaluable industry connections and build their clinical skills in a variety of settings.”
There are several options to enter the world of nursing at Flinders, with the pre-registration pathway open to prospective students with no previous formal nursing or tertiary qualifications.
Flinders is linked with TAFESA to offer TAFElink, a guaranteed entry pathway for someone with a Diploma of Enrolled Nursing and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) registration.
Other pathways include the Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) for graduates who have a degree in any other area other than nursing, Nurses, like Ruri, with an overseas qualification that is not recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), may also be eligible to enrol into one of our undergraduate pathways.
Whatever the entrance pathway, the outcome of Flinders nursing graduates is the same – sought-after and multiskilled professionals ready to tackle the biggest challenges the health sector brings.