TAFE NSW Dubbo graduate Jackie Bayley is proof that anything is possible after overcoming mental health challenges to realise her dream of becoming an Enrolled Nurse.
A determined 23-year-old Ms Bayley, credits the support from TAFE NSW Dubbo and the care she received from other nurses for her motivation to complete a Diploma of Nursing and pursue a career caring for others in similar situations.
“Studying to be a nurse at TAFE NSW has really helped me find my purpose in life,” Ms Bayley said.
“It took me three years, being in and out of hospital, to complete a Diploma of Nursing and at times I wanted to give up. I’m so grateful for the teaching staff at TAFE NSW – they have been my biggest cheerleaders.
“The course has not only given me the practical skills needed to be a nurse, but also developed my confidence to achieve my goals. I really valued the flexibility at TAFE NSW and I’d encourage others to give it a go, no matter what your situation.”
Acting TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Nursing and Health Louise Posa said Jackie is a student who epitomises determination and resilience.
“She did not and would not give up, and neither would we allow her to. We could see a nurse before us and supported her with the practical skills and reassurance so that she could achieve that,” Ms Posa said.
“I believe that Jackie will also be a fantastic mentor to new nurses who have the pleasure of working with her in the future.
Research forecasts by Health Workforce Australia suggest that by 2025, 85,000 full-time registered nurses and midwives will be needed nationwide.
Ms Posa added: “Jackie sets a wonderful example of students coming to TAFE NSW and the support they receive to launch their careers in an industry that will continue to have a strong demand for trained workers.”
For more information about nursing courses available at TAFE NSW, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.
Media contact: Emma Curtis, TAFE NSW Communications Specialist, MediaRelease@tafensw.edu.au, 02 7920 5000.