The first University of Ballarat Diploma of Nursing students educated at Pyrenees House Ararat in conjunction with East Grampians Health Service are nearing graduation. Over the last 18 months, students have attended classes in Pyrenees House and completed clinical placement in aged care, acute care and mental health.
East Grampians Health Service Director of Clinical Services Mr Peter Armstrong, highlighted the importance of clinical education in providing students with an opportunity to gain practical experience and consolidate theoretical, learning. It is an essential component of the Diploma of Nursing program, and a requirement for national registration as an Enrolled Nurse. Students will undertake their final clinical placement in coming weeks.
Current nursing student Ms Stacey Perry commented that “she has enjoyed everything about the program. We have been well supported through the entire course by both the university and by EGHS, the facilities at Pyrenees House are fantastic. I would recommend the course to anyone wanting a career in nursing.”
East Grampians Health Service Education Manager Ms Heather Phillips said “the students are eager to gain nursing experience, and to pursue further study in the future. Successful graduates of the Diploma of Nursing program will have 18 months credit towards the Bachelor of Nursing qualification with the University of Ballarat.”
The University of Ballarat will commence the second enrollment of Diploma of Nursing education at East Grampians Health Service, Pyrenees House in July 2013. Applicants will be required to sit a numeracy, literacy and general comprehension test. For further enquiries, please contact the University of Ballarat on (03) 5327 8309.