​West Coast Institute's 2014 International Student of the Year

​​​​​United Kingdom (UK) student Gemma Hart has been awarded the West Coast Institute’s (now North Metropolitan TAFE) International Student of the Year for her dedication to becoming a nurse.

North Metropolitan TAFE held its Awards Evening was at the Joondalup Campus on Monday 24 March where 24 of its best students, trainers and support staff were recognised with a variety of awards.

Just 18 months ago, 30-year-old Gemma Hart thought her dream of becoming a nurse would never come true.

Living in the UK with her husband and young daughter, earning money to pay the bills was a priority, and that meant she could never leave the full-time secretarial job she was in.

"After buying a house and having bills to pay, I found myself stuck in a boring desk job for much longer than I ever intended," said Gemma.

However, the move to Australia gave Gemma a new opportunity.

"As my grandmother was a District Nurse in the UK, I have always wanted to follow in her footsteps but I just wasn't able to. It was coming to Australia and enrolling at North Metropolitan TAFE in a Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled /Division 2 Nursing) that gave me the opportunity to finally pursue my dream career."

"Gemma was a great student to have in the classroom, her positive attitude often rubbed off on her classmates. Her passion for nursing was present in everything he did, Gemma could never get enough out of every class." said Nursing Lecturer Hazel Neal.

Since graduating from the Institute, Gemma was immediately sponsored by a health care provider where she now works as an Enrolled Nurse.

Gemma plans to study a Bachelor of Nursing at University which will bring her a step closer to reaching her ultimate goal to become a neonatal nurse.

Learn more about TAFE to University pathways. ​

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