One of our new forum members, nursing1, a mature age student nurse, raised the following question.
“I passed 1st year of my nursing degree in 2009. I have deferred this year and hope to return to university next year and complete my degree. During my very prac last year I had the facilitator from hell and almost put in a formal complaint about her attitude toward me. Her actions made me really think about my decision to enrol at university and have a career change mid life. I am hoping that fellow Nurse Uncut members may be able to perhaps give me some postive affirmations as to why I should continue and re-enrol next year…?”
We are sorry to hear this, nursing1, and hope that the bad experience with your facilitator has not put you off. A paper published by La Trobe University in Victoria discussed the importance of mid-life career transitions to nursing and mature age students.
‘Australia’s health care system is facing acute workforce shortages as the health workforce ages, more people opt to work part-time and the recruitment pool for those commencing employment diminishes.
For nursing, attracting an appropriately qualified workforce, in sufficient numbers to meet the demands of a changing health care system, is a complex task with no easy solution.
An initiative was developed that focused on looking at strategies to make it easier for people to enter, progress and re-enter the nursing profession.
Key reports have indicated that mature age students may be an important group in future workforce planning as numbers of the school leaver group diminishes and individuals more frequently change career directions.
Education providers see mature aged student nurses as a highly motivated group with strong communication skills and attributes such as time management, work ethic and life experiences were identified. The range of skills and experience that mature age students bring to the education and clinical setting is viewed as extremely valuable for the profession.
Overwhelmingly students reported satisfaction with their career choice despite the significant hurdles that they face in pursuing studies in nursing.’
Do we have any nurses that made a mid-career transition who can offer support or advice to nursing1? Are you a student nurse at the moment – what are your thoughts?
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