TAFE NSW Newcastle celebrates International Nurses Day

TAFE NSW Newcastle celebrates International Nurses Day

With a critical need for more nurses across Australia, TAFE NSW Newcastle is training new industry professionals while acknowledging the dedication of its teachers and students on International Nurses Day.

This year’s theme is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead”, focused on protecting, supporting, and investing in nursing to strengthen health systems around the world.

Health Workforce Australia estimates Australia will need an additional 100,000 nurses by 2025 to meet demand, and TAFE NSW Diploma of Nursing students are helping to meet this need as Enrolled Nurses.

TAFE NSW Health, Wellbeing and Community Services Head of Skills Team, Jane Smith, said students can undertake the TAFE NSW pathway into nursing in just 18 months, with eligible students studying fee-free under JobTrainer.

“On International Nurses Day, we wanted to celebrate our students’ dedication and their vital work in nursing, aged care, rehabilitation, and mental health nursing,” Jane said.

“Nursing and healthcare are critical industries which need a strong workforce and a pipeline of future professionals.”

“Hands-on training and work placements mean TAFE NSW graduates enjoy long and successful nursing careers, are trained by industry-qualified teachers in state-of-the art facilities, gaining practical skills to fill this urgent need,” said Jane.

New Lambton’s, Jimmy Ivory wasn’t letting a hearing impairment get in the way of achieving his goals. He completed his Diploma of Nursing at TAFE NSW Newcastle and is now working as an Enrolled Nurse at the John Hunter Hospital.

Jimmy’s hearing impairment was first identified when he was three. After starting his career in the construction industry, Jimmy followed his instincts to help others, working for several years in the disability support sector before deciding to become a nurse and pursue a career in the public health system.

“The support I got from my TAFE NSW teachers, support staff, and on work placements has made it possible for me to achieve my dreams and start work as an Enrolled Nurse at the John Hunter,” Jimmy said.

“I gained confidence during my studies and placements, learning practical skills like how to administer medications and assess patients clinically, and TAFE NSW has given me a great start to my nursing career.”

“I encourage anyone thinking of a career in nursing to give it a go and gain the skills for a rewarding job,” Jimmy said.


IMAGE | Nurse, Jimmy Ivory.


TAFE NSW is Australia’s largest training and education provider with more than 500,000 enrolments and 1,200 courses. As an education innovator, we’re focused on shaping the future through state-of-the-art facilities, systems, technology and teachers. Our graduates are equipped for the jobs of today and the careers of the future.

TAFE NSW offers the best of campus-based delivery as well as flexible, online and work-based learning. Collaboration, diversity and the strong relationships between our locations contribute to and magnify the value of TAFE NSW and importantly, the benefits that we deliver to communities and the economy of NSW.


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