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Colo High student, Emily Lowe

Future nurses get head start at Nepean Hospital

07 Feb 2018


Aspiring young nurses are fast-tracking their careers with Nepean Hospital while completing their final years of high school.

Nepean Hospital offers students the opportunity to finish their schooling as qualified Assistants in Nursing (AIN) by completing a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance as part of their Year 11 and 12 studies. Students can attain an ATAR from the study.

The popular program is in its third year at Nepean Hospital and welcomes a new cohort of Year 11 students annually.

The two-year program requires students to study the theory and practical components of nursing at the hospital every Wednesday.

The course includes ward visits and two weeks of placement, where the students are given a patient caseload under the supervision of a registered nurse to practise their clinical skills. 

The Local Health District’s Health Inspirations work experience program offers a pathway into the course, with a number of Health Inspirations graduates successfully applying to undertake the Certificate III.



Arndell Anglican College student, Jade Smallacombe


Aspiring midwife, Emily Lowe from Colo High School says she decided to work in health care with Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District after participating in Health Inspirations.  

“During the program, I saw that all the staff were always happy. It was really nice to think that when people are sick there are happy faces to help them. I really liked the thought of being one of those happy people,” says Emily.   

Emily says the AIN course has given her confidence about her future career plans.

“Once I get past Year 12, I know where I want to go and what I want to do now,” she says.

Jade Smallacombe of Arndell Anglican College agrees, “I had no idea what nursing entailed until I did Health Inspirations. It really solidified my goal in life to become a nurse. I have the reassurance now that I definitely know what I want to do in life.

Jade says she has thoroughly enjoyed the AIN course and described receiving her nursing uniform as the “best feeling ever”.