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How a nursing degree can lead to working in specialist healthcare areas within multi-disciplinary teams

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Graduates of Holmesglen’s Bachelor of Nursing can become a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and work in a variety of healthcare environments.

At Holmesglen, when studying a nursing degree, you will undertake:

  • on-campus and remote theory
  • immersive simulation activities
  • supported clinical placements.

What is involved on a nursing clinical placement?

You get the most out of your classroom skills when you can apply them in professional settings.

A clinical placement gives you workplace experience and connections with employers and industry while you study. It can also lead to potential job opportunities with placement providers.

Students studying the Bachelor of Nursing course at Holmesglen complete 860 hours of supervised placement. Holmesglen’s placement partners include Healthscope through the Holmesglen Private Hospital, located on our Moorabbin campus, Epworth Healthcare, Ramsay Health Care, Cabrini Health, and Monash Health.

“Clinical placement is where you link everything you learn and put it into practice. It solidifies everything you learn,” says Holmesglen student Shannon Kearns, who completed a paediatrics placement at The Royal Children’s Hospital.

Nursing degree students develop their careers through clinical placements across aged care, acute and sub-acute, community, mental health, paediatric and high dependency nursing areas.

Fellow student Alison Humphreys completed various clinical placements, including at Mulgrave Private Hospital, The Royal Children’s Hospital and Knox Private Hospital.

“I never envisioned myself as being able to work in a high acuity area, but these experiences have demonstrated to me that I can," says Alison.

Why is nursing simulation important to your training?

Nursing simulation replicates real-world healthcare environments, providing a safe education environment for you to learn.

Simulation settings can encompass everything from nursing wards, to training on mannequins and work scenarios involving actors. This allows students to actively engage with what they’re learning – ensuring they’re ready for various workplace situations.

At Holmesglen, we have a multi-million-dollar simulation centre at our Moorabbin campus for students to build their knowledge and refine their skills.

“The simulated ward environment creates a sense of reality, which helps to immerse yourself. The actors introduce a level of unpredictability just like in the real world,” says Alison.

“It’s like clinical placements, you’re always observing and learning from what you're doing,” adds Shannon.

How does nursing use virtual reality?

Holmesglen students add to their skills with virtual reality training. The Jasper VR Simulation Program gives “true-to-life” crisis situation training.

Students are immersed in a 360-degree, pre-recorded simulated working environment, where they experience various nursing scenarios, including helping critically injured patients and dealing with emotional carers and families.

"It has enabled increased numbers of students to actively participate in an immersive simulated learning environment at their own pace, and in their own time and venue. It has also demonstrated the ability to significantly increase students' knowledge, motivation, confidence and preparedness for clinical practice,” says Holmesglen Clinical Chair Debra Kiegaldie.

What qualities make a good nurse?

Nursing students Alison and Shannon believe good nurses should have the following qualities:

  • be passionate and caring
  • get involved in everything you learn
  • be empathic and compassionate.
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