Placement Provides Opportunities for All

Nursing students have begun practical placement at health care providers around the region.

First year Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled – Division 2 Nursing) (HLT51612) students Jenny Draper and Christine Murray will spend two weeks stationed at Mansfield District Hospital as part of their Diploma of Nursing studies.

Both students are parents with young children and have decided that the time is right to ‘go back’ to study. Jenny and Christine have been allocated to Buckland House Nursing Home, part of the Mansfield District Hospital where they join GOTAFE Graduate Nurse Cath Mahoney.

“Jenny and Christine have spent the past 8 months at GOTAFE’s Benalla Campus learning in the classroom and using a SIMMAN patient simulator. This is their first week out in the field; there is nothing like working with real people in a real hospital environment and that’s why clinical placements are so vital for our students,” explained GOTAFE Health Team Leader Catherine Conrick.

“Placement allows students to demonstrate their competency in a real workplace setting. They must work with a team and learn how to deal with different situations. It exposes them to the environment that they will work in for the rest of their career.”

Students have been exposed to rehabilitation, acute care, aged care, community and mental health and will experience 400 hours of Professional Experience Placement.

“The 400 hours of professional placement is highly valued by health care sector and the community because they can be confident that we are producing graduates who have gained hands-on skills in real life situations.

“We value strengthening the relationships we have with our health care partners. Placement is also an opportunity for them to recruit new staff. I’d have to say that approximately 99% of our graduates are employed in one of the organisations where they undertook placement; which is a very good outcome for all involved.”

GOTAFE has strong ties with La Trobe University, providing students with a seamless transition into the Bachelor of Nursing.
The Diploma of Nursing offered through GOTAFE is accredited with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council allowing registration as an Enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, a subsidiary of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Enrolments for the mid-year intake of the Diploma of Nursing are now open. An Information Session will be held on 5 July for those interested in further information about the course. For more information visit or phone 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).