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Nurse Educator Colleen Butler alongside some of her students at Nepean Hospital

'Hands on Health' means hands on deck

11 Sep 2019


At a recent graduation ceremony at Nepean Hospital, 27 students from the local area graduated with an Assistant in Nursing qualification after 2 years of study, including 80 hours of placement at Nepean Hospital.

The ‘Hands on Health’ initiative is part of the VET Human Services Curriculum Framework and offers year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to complete nationally recognised training in health services along with their HSC.

Nurse Educator Colleen Butler says “It’s a fantastic role to be educating our future workforce.”

“All of the students come to Nepean Hospital with loads of enthusiasm and determination and it’s a great head start to their careers in Health.”

Three graduates spoke passionately at the ceremony about their experiences working with patients in vulnerable situations, as well as their sense of connection to the hospital and strong desire to join its professional workforce.

The students are excited to be embarking on the next phase of their career in health, and many will have the opportunity to join the Nepean Hospital casual pool as Assistants in Nursing while undertaking further health qualifications.

In her closing address to the graduates, Julie Williams, the District's Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, wished the students luck with their upcoming HSC and the “never ending journey of experience” that a career in health can provide. 

"We look forward to working with you and supporting you should you choose employment here at Nepean Hospital, or any of the facilities within our Local Health District", Ms Williams said.

Read more about entry pathways into health careers on our website.


Graduates at the ceremony with Nurse Educator Colleen Butler