Divyangana Sharma’s dream of working in healthcare inspired her move to Australia.
A HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing student, Divyangana has used strong classroom theory, state-of-the-art simulation activities and clinical placements to prepare for work in Australia’s healthcare industry – a sector with strong future job growth.
“For someone like me, who is so passionate about healthcare, and now doing things that I've always dreamed of, it’s a very fulfilling feeling,” says Divyangana.
This passion is being put into practice through a significant fellowship opportunity.
Divyangana secured a fellowship with Epworth Hospital. She has completed placements across the healthcare provider's Brighton, Camberwell and Richmond facilities, working in the rehabilitation and vascular surgery departments.
What can you learn during a nursing clinical placement?
Clinical placements give nursing students, like Divyangana, a real-world lens to their future career, by offering practical experience in various healthcare settings.
Placements allow nursing students to practise theory and applied skills in professional work environments.
At Holmesglen, HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing students are required to complete a minimum 400 hours of clinical placement.
Divyangana has enjoyed developing her nursing experience at Epworth Hospital, helping with care plans through to building her communication and cultural safety skills.
“It’s an amazing feeling getting to implement all the things you have learned in class and the labs.
“You feel the things your Holmesglen teachers have told you about their experiences when you’re on a ward.”
“There is great diversity in Australia. I’ve also learned how to be mindful of different cultures when on placement.”
How Divyangana is becoming a student leader at Holmesglen
Divyangana’s ambition has extended beyond her nursing course. She is Holmesglen’s Student Representive Council Chair and represented the Institute at a national student engagement network event, Student Voice Australia.
“I want to enhance the student experience. It’s been amazing to be a voice for TAFE,” says Divyangana who is also passionate about youth mental health.
“During the pandemic, I've found my little family at Holmesglen. My aim as a student representative is to be the voice of those in need.
“I’ve got to hear fellow students’ perspectives and their challenges, and achievements, it’s been really eye-opening.”
Divyangana’s powerful student voice is also being heard online through her copywriting for international student news publication, Meld Magazine, where she advocates for TAFE.
Find out more about Holmesglen’s nursing courses and our Student Representative Council.