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Hong Ye’s experience studying nursing in regional WA

I’m currently studying at Central Regional TAFE in Northam. I found out about the regional bursary initiative from the TAFE International WA website, when I was searching for my course. The regional bursary is a good benefit for students, it covers my costs of living whilst I find a part-time job, so I’m not under so much stress.  

How have you enjoyed the course so far? 

I am currently in my fifth week of the course HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing. To be honest, I had difficulty in the beginning because I’m not a native speaker and nursing is such a complex subject. However, I have noticed a significant improvement in my understanding. I have learned a lot more compared to when I started, and I am so excited about my upcoming first placement. 

Upon completing this semester, my plan is to apply for a position as a nurse assistant. I believe that gaining practical experience in the field will not only enhance my skills but also positively impact my studies. 

How have you found the facilities at Northam campus? 

While not a large campus, it is well-equipped with essential facilities for nursing students. Within my classroom, there exists a variety of resources, including an analogue ward that provides a practical setting for learning. The school library has proven to be an excellent study spot, where I can access teaching materials and resources for my studies.  

I have been fortunate to have four exceptional lecturers. They are all professionals, and they generously share their extensive experiences with us. In our classes, we've completed many simulations that have proven invaluable for practical learning. The lecturers’ willingness to support has been incredibly beneficial. 

How long have you been living in Northam? 

I have been residing in Northam for the past two weeks. However, I spent the previous year living in Perth with my partner. I am thoroughly enjoying the beautiful nature of Australia. It is quieter and more peaceful compared to my home country. During my time here, I've learned various activities such as fishing and stand-up paddle-boarding. I also like to visit the beach during the summer months. The experience has been truly memorable. 

Have you found a part-time job? 

Yes. Currently, I typically work 1-2 shifts per week as a waitress. However, my intention is to transition into a nursing-related position once I complete my first placement. 

Would you recommend the regional bursary to other students? 

Absolutely, I highly recommend other students to apply. Studying in a regional area allows you to have more personal time, free from traffic and unnecessary stress. The close-knit study group creates a warm and supportive environment, which has helped me to adapt to this new life. With the assistance of the regional bursary, job concerns become less urgent. Ultimately, this opportunity provides significant support for your educational journey.

Last updated on December 8, 2023