Ex­tra sup­port for nurs­ing stu­dents

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity Aus­tralia will of­fer Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing stu­dents more face-to-face classes in Hor­sham from next year.

The univer­sity’s nurs­ing aca­demic staff from Bal­larat will run in­ten­sive learn­ing blocks once a se­mes­ter at the Wim­mera cam­pus.

The learn­ing blocks will fo­cus on the prac­ti­cal and clin­i­cal el­e­ments for first and sec­ond-year Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing stu­dents.

Univer­sity lead­ers have made the move as part of a com­mit­ment to stu­dents and as a re­sponse to con­cerns about health-sec­tor work­force short­ages in the Wim­mera and south­ern Mallee.

Pro­fes­sor of Nurs­ing Mary Cruikshank said the univer­sity was de­lighted to pro­vide new ar­range­ments to nurs­ing stu­dents in Hor­sham.

“The univer­sity is firmly com­mit­ted to west­ern Vic­to­ria and its stu­dents,” she said.

“Many of our Wim­mera nurs­ing stu­dents pre­vi­ously had to travel to Bal­larat to at­tend all blocks of learn­ing through­out the three-year pro­gram.

“From Fe­bru­ary we will be bring­ing the prac­ti­cal and re­lated the­ory as­pects of the pro­gram to the first and sec­ond-year stu­dents.

“This will greatly re­duce travel for stu­dents who are study­ing re­motely and al­low them to spend more time with their fam­i­lies. There is a very strong need for nurs­ing and health care across the Wim­mera and the univer­sity is work­ing hard to ad­dress this chal­lenge.”

Se­nior lec­turer Dr Blake Peck said the changes would also sig­nif­i­cantly help hos­pi­tals and busi­nesses in the re­gion.

“Fe­duni will con­tinue to be a strong sup­porter of Wim­mera jobs and in­dus­try,” he said.

Third-year stu­dents will still be re­quired to at­tend the univer­sity’s Mt He­len Cam­pus in Bal­larat to ac­cess specialised equip­ment and fa­cil­i­ties.

Wim­mera Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ralph Kenyon wel­comed and sup­ported the univer­sity’s changes.

“This fresh ap­proach to teach­ing and as­sist­ing nurs­ing stu­dents lo­cally will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the stu­dents, lo­cal health ser­vices and wider com­mu­nity,” he said.

Wim­mera Health Care Group chief ex­ec­u­tive Cather­ine Mor­ley also wel­comed the an­nounce­ment.

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