Stu­dents work hard to pass nurs­ing course

Pilbara News - - News - Ben Leahy

■ 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.

Pic­ture: Lisa Mayne

Lec­turer Ngaire White with aca­demic achieve­ment award win­ner Amy Ped­er­sen.

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