Ararat nurs­ing re­cruits

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Stu­dents from Ararat and the wider re­gion are now study­ing for their Diploma of Nurs­ing through a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween East Grampians Health Ser­vice and Aus­tralian Catholic Univer­sity.

Nine­teen of the 28 stu­dents are from Ararat district, with seven from Stawell and two from Hor­sham dis­tricts.

Classes are at East Grampians Health Ser­vice’s Pyre­nees House Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre.

Acu­com’s Diploma of Nurs­ing is an 18-month course where on suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion the grad­u­ates are en­ti­tled to reg­is­ter as En­dorsed En­rolled Nurses.

The ‘en­dorsed’ ti­tle means they are qual­i­fied to ad­min­is­ter med­i­ca­tions and man­age in­tra­venous ther­apy.

Acu­com started the course in Bal­larat in 2015 af­ter pre­vi­ously only run­ning it from its Mel­bourne cam­pus.

East Grampians Health Ser­vice chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Bush said a nurs­ing work­force short­age across re­gional Vic­to­ria, in­clud­ing in Ararat, meant there was a need to find new ways to at­tract nurses to work in re­gional ar­eas.

Close to home

“By hav­ing the Diploma of Nurs­ing train­ing on­site meant we at­tracted lo­cal stu­dents, who hope­fully at the com­ple­tion of their course will want to stay and work in Ararat,” he said.

“The stu­dents are also ben­e­fit­ing as they are train­ing in their home town, or at least close by, with no need to move to Bal­larat or Mel­bourne for study, and all the ex­pense that en­tails.

“It has proven ben­e­fi­cial for both younger and older stu­dents who might have fam­i­lies or other em­ploy­ment – hav­ing lo­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties for train­ing means we keep peo­ple in the lo­cal area.”

Stu­dents at­tend classes for the full-time course four days a week.

A the­o­ret­i­cal part cov­ers a wide range of health top­ics from aged care to men­tal health and acute care. To com­ple­ment the the­o­ret­i­cal part, the stu­dents com­plete 10 weeks of clin­i­cal place­ments in ar­eas in­clud­ing aged and acute care.

East Grampians Health Ser­vices pro­vides class­room train­ers to teach the var­i­ous the­o­ret­i­cal units and also pro­vides learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences stu­dents will use for clin­i­cal place­ment.

Aus­tralian Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Coun­cil ac­cred­its the course and grad­u­ates will reg­is­ter with the Aus­tralian Health Prac­ti­tion­ers Reg­is­ter­ing Au­thor­ity.

LEARN­ING THE ROPES: New Diploma of Nurs­ing stu­dents with Aus­tralian Catholic Univer­sity and East Grampians Health Ser­vice train­ers.

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