TAFE Western is announcing the availability of training places for people in western NSW who wish to become Enrolled Nurses.
From 1 July 2009, the path to becoming an Enrolled Nurse will change from the previous model, where NSW Health employed each trainee, to one where people are trained before being employed.
Kate Baxter, who is a Director of Educational Delivery for TAFE said, "The changes mean students will study at TAFE to gain a qualification before they are employed, and will gain practical experience through structured clinical placements in hospitals and other health facilities organised as part of their TAFE training.
"Two hundred new fully funded scholarships for Enrolled Nursing students will be available through TAFE NSW Institutes in July this year. 31 of these places are available for students in western NSW to study at Bathurst, Orange or Dubbo TAFE Colleges.
"A further 200 scholarship places will be available in January 2010 and 50 of those will be targeted to newly arrived immigrants who have appropriate English language skills.
"TAFE Western is ready to accept applications for the first scholarship places. It takes 18 months of full time study for students to complete the Diploma of Enrolled Nursing", Kate Baxter said.
Details about entry requirements and scholarship application forms will be available at information sessions to be held in Bathurst TAFE on 9th and 16th June, Orange TAFE on 9th and 12th June and Dubbo TAFE on 9th and 15th June. Applications will close on 19th June 2009.
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