Students work hard to pass nursing course
■ Moving to the Pilbara has not stopped Naomi Montuolo from pursuing her goal to become a nurse.
Graduating from the Pilbara Institute with a Diploma of Nursing earlier this month, she joined 10 other students in successfully completing the 26 units of competency and 480 hours of unpaid clinical work.
Yet Ms Montuolo did it a little harder than most.
Having moved from Perth to Tom Price, she completed her studies primarily by correspondence, travelling to the Pilbara Institute’s Hedland campus once a month to complete her practical exams.
Then there was the small fact she fell pregnant and had a baby in the middle of the 18-month course.
“I don’t like doing things easy,” she joked. “But the lecturers were great; they were really supportive and accommodating throughout the whole course.
“So it was good but very hard — there was a lot of time management on my behalf.”
Ms Montuolo now hopes to complete further nursing studies by correspondence at university.
Pilbara Institute acting managing director Jan Edwards said Ms Montuolo and the other graduates highlighted the higher education centre’s role in helping Pilbara residents continue to chase their goals.
“Each and every (graduate) set a goal when they chose nursing as a career; to make a difference all day, every day,” she said.
“They should be proud of their efforts and we are delighted to have provided the training and support necessary for them to achieve those personal and professional goals.”
The institute also handed out two awards to recognise exceptional achievements.
Graduate Amy Pedersen claimed the prize for the most outstanding academic achievement, with the highest scores in her units.
Romy Eisold took home the most outstanding clinical performance, after impressing her lecturers and staff at her clinical placements.
Lecturer Ngaire White with academic achievement award winner Amy Pedersen.