A Chifley local has credited TAFE NSW with helping her achieve her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse, after departing a demanding 25-year career in corporate communications.
The most recent Health Workforce Australia report showed demand for nurses significantly exceeds supply, projecting a national shortfall of approximately 85,000 nurses by 2025.
48-year-old mother of two Cindy Ubilla completed a Diploma of Nursing at TAFE NSW Randwick and is now participating in the Enrolled Nurse Transition Program at St Vincent’s Hospital, with plans to specialise in women’s health and fertility.
“I enrolled in the course as I’ve always been passionate about nursing. After being on the other side as a patient in trying to have my two kids, I realised how important and valuable good nursing care is to someone feeling vulnerable and confronting a personal health issue. I wanted to be able to give the empathy and care shown to me back in some way,” Ms Ubilla said.
“While my career in corporate communications was challenging, it was ultimately unfulfilling. I decided to take the plunge and haven’t looked back since. It’s so rewarding to know I’m making a difference each day.
“The hands-on, clinical experience I received, along with the support from my teachers really set me up to succeed. I was the old duck in the classes, but I relished it and absolutely loved studying again. I’d encourage others to listen to that niggling feeling and pursue what they’re really passionate about – it’s never too late.”
TAFE NSW Team Leader of Nursing Kathryn Austin said Cindy is a prime example of how industry connections and valuable work placements can help students realise their dreams.
“The nationally accredited Diploma of Nursing opens the door for students to become an enrolled nurse and work in a range of health care settings including acute, aged care, rehabilitation and mental health,” Ms Austin said.
“Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, students gain the job-ready skills they need to pursue a rewarding career in the industry, such as how to care for a person with complex needs and work within a clinical environment. Best of all, the course is helping to meet the growing need for new nurses.”
To find out more about studying nursing at TAFE NSW, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or call 131 601.
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