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Kumbirai's nursing dream grows at North Metropolitan TAFE



2017 was a huge year for Kumbirai Gono. She:

  • successfully completed her Diploma of Nursing at North Metropolitan TAFE;
  • won the 2017 North Metropolitan TAFE International Student of the Year Award;
  • was a finalist in the 2017 WA Training Awards International Student of the Year Award; and
  • represented TAFE International Western Australia at the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) national conference in Canberra.

2018 promises to be another great year for Kumbirai in Perth, as she commences her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Edith Cowan University. "Perth is a beautiful city… great beaches and beautiful parks and the weather is beautiful. I really love the good public transportation system."

Kumbirai said, "I personally have a strong belief and calling to become a nurse, to help and serve humankind and also to make a difference in the world."

"Completing my course will give the solid foundation of my nursing career and a big stepping stone for me to commence my nursing degree... It has opened many avenues in my learning and developmental skills… It has given me a solid foundation for my nursing career."

"The staff at TAFE are welcoming, understanding, accommodating and have all the patience in the world. The environment is safe and clean... North Metropolitan TAFE has top of the class lecture rooms and clinical laboratory rooms which are fully equipped with the latest equipment and resources."

Nursing student Kumbirai with North Metro TAFE staff 

Apart from developing key nursing skills and knowledge such as first aid, nursing standards, use of information technology, patient-centred care and holistic nursing, Kumbirai has gained confidence in herself and her public speaking with strong written and oral communication.

During her TAFE course, Kumbirai undertook work placements to gain hands-on practical experience and consolidate her clinical skills and knowledge. She worked at a nursing home, then a private hospital and finally a government hospital.

"Winning North Metropolitan TAFE's International Student of the Year 2017 was a life changing experience," and attending the CISA conference "was a great honour… I met other international students from different states, made new friends. This increased my scope of learning such as leadership skills and the importance of being a student advocate for other international students."

"When I started my nursing journey at North Metropolitan in 2016, I felt like a small tiny mustard seed. The small tiny mustard seed has grown into a big mustard tree from the clinical knowledge and skills obtained from North Metropolitan TAFE. I am confident that I will be a great and competent enrolled nurse. Great things grow from small beginnings."

Best wishes for your further studies Kumbirai!

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