While other Year 8 and 9 students were on holidays a group in Dubbo enjoyed the opportunity to have a ‘Taste of TAFE’ in a nursing program with TAFE NSW – Western Institute.
A group of students undertook the training which provided an insight into working in nursing and learned about TAFE’s local training opportunities for the career.
According to Liz Shuttle, Head Teacher of Nursing, the students were stimulated with theory and practical experience in a simulated environment using real equipment.
“They learnt to take temperatures and blood pressure manually and electronically,” she said. “We also emphasised the development of communication abilities through games and lively discussions.
Ms Shuttle said that all of the participants had great fun learning how to estimate blood loss from a patient using red cordial and syringes.
Throughout the course the students gained an insight into the respiratory, circulatory and integumentary systems (skin), studied human life from conception to birth and undertook some mental health education.
The teachers reported that all students were more than capable of realising their dreams and had a great time taking part in the learning process.
“The students were exemplary in their approach to TAFE and are a credit to their families and schools,” Ms Shuttle said.
“They will make great nurses in the future if they decide to follow the nursing career path.”