Nursing diploma now at Gympie TAFE

YEARS of jumping through bureaucratic hoops has payed off for Gympie’s Wide Bay Institute of TAFE (WBIT) campus.

For the first time the TAFE is offering a diploma of nursing in 2011.

WBIT business development officer Corrie McCall said the TAFE had to register with the Queensland Nursing Council to offer the course and had worked towards the goal for a number of years.

The 18-month long program with work placement in the hospital system will help fill the shortfall of nurses across the state, Mr McColl said.

WBIT already offers the diploma at their Bundaberg Campus and is happy to extend its training opportunities to Gympie.

Mr McColl said there had already been quite a bit of interest in the course, which was nearly full and a big investment for WBIT.

“It’s a sign of TAFE’s commitment to the Gympie Region,” Mr McColl said.

The first intake next year will be for 17 students only but the TAFE is hoping to grow its capabilities and take on more students in the future.

Speaking at the WBIT Gympie open day this week Mayor Ron Dyne said it was another great initiative for Gympie.

“It’s another initiative that keeps people in town,” he said.

It is hoped the course will encourage more nurses to work at the Gympie Hospital, which was one of the largest training hospitals in the past.

At the end of the Diploma of Nursing subject graduates will become either an enrolled nurse or division 2 nurse – if they intend to work in Victoria.

Entry to the course is via QTAC but gap and bridging programs are available. Call WBIT Customer Care team on 1300 656 188 for more information.

Gympie Times


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