Nursing student wins prestigious TAFE award


International nursing student Shingi Chando from Zimbabwe, who studied for the Diploma of Enrolled Nursing at TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute in 2012, has been awarded the prestigious 2013 Sydney Institute Medal.

Shingi also won the 2013 Community Service and Health Industry Award.

Watch an interview with Shingi on YouTube.

Shingi previously worked in nursing research at a hospital in the US. She heard about TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute through a family member who lives in Sydney. She specifically chose to study at Sydney TAFE for its internationally competitive curriculum. The diploma matched her career dreams of transferring her nursing and research skills. She knew that she needed the knowledge and experience of a clinical environment to fulfil her ambition.

“I chose to study nursing at Ultimo College because it has the best industry reputation in NSW for the enrolled nursing course. The teachers are very highly regarded in the nursing industry and I found this encouraging when I started my practical training at Prince of Wales (public), St Vincent’s and St John of God,” Shingi said.

TAFE NSW Sydney Institute Director David Riordan with Shingi.

Currently, Shingi is working part-time as a research assistant in the Nursing Research and Practice Development Unit at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Her dream is to complete her Registered Nurse training and contribute towards initiatives that improve women’s reproductive health internationally.


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