Where is the best place to do nursing in Melbourne?
As a Registered Training Organisation providing nationally recognised nursing qualifications, we’re often asked by friends where they should study. And the question they always ask is: “Where’s ‘the best’ place to study nursing in Melbourne?”. Well, like most things in life, the answer will vary from person to person and will depend on what they really value and their personal situation.
To be ‘the best’ nursing course, focusing on churning out the highest results in the end of year exams won’t cut the mustard. A course must allow students to master both the theoretical and practical aspects of nursing. Importantly, for any chance to qualify as ‘the best’ nursing course, it must give students plenty of time and training in real life healthcare settings so they can put their knowledge to the test and learn from experienced healthcare professionals.
Nurses must be able to deal with high-stress situations, have excellent communication skills, high emotional intelligence, be able to think on the spot, be excellent team players, and be able to provide care and support to a range of different people in moments of great pain and extreme joy. This kind of expertise can only be learnt on the job, and that’s why a course that focuses on high-quality practical training and work placements, as well as exam results, is essential. After all, the skills students get whilst training are integral to their future success and set the standard for how well they’ll cope as a nurse in the real world.
So, after speaking with hundreds of enrolled nurses (EN), registered nurses (RN), nursing educators, and healthcare employers, we’ve come up with a checklist of factors to consider when deciding what’s the best place to study nursing in Melbourne.
The education institution values critical thinking skills
Rote learning — the process of using repetition to consolidate learning — isn’t as important as being able to think critically. That’s not to say you don’t need to know the correct term for the brain (which is called cerebrum, FYI) and remember the names of organs, medicines and about a million acronyms. But the focus needs to be on developing a thought process that saves lives and helps you relate to hundreds of different people and situations you’ll find yourself in every day. Critical thinking is the ability to see problems and raise questions, process information and provide solutions, and communicate these with others to achieve the best patient care. Institutions that place a high value on these skills and effectively teach them in the classroom and on the job are the ones healthcare employers trust and recruit from.
The teachers’ clinical skills are up-to-date and best practice for the industry
Whilst the names of body parts haven’t changed much since the rise of modern medicine, the way we deal with trauma or disease inflicted upon them certainly has. Research and technology continue to drive new techniques and more sophisticated tools to deliver better healthcare outcomes. Who knows what systems and practices we’ll be using in the future to take care of patients! But one thing is for sure, it’s critical that students are being taught by trainers who are active in the healthcare industry so that their knowledge is as relevant and up-to-date as possible.
The education institute has great partnerships for your work placements
A work placement is where students apply their knowledge in a real-world setting and work and learn alongside passionate healthcare professionals. It’s an essential part of a nursing course and it’s important that an education institution can offer students a challenging and reward placement. Ideally, they will have partnerships with a range of hospitals and healthcare facilities so students build a broad base of knowledge in diverse healthcare settings. Placements are competitive, and universities and registered training organisations like us work hard to secure and maintain the relationships that will give their students the best experience. We would encourage students to get in touch with their chosen education institute to find out where they will be sent on placement.
The education institute offers a flexible learning environment
Students with kids, dependents, jobs or those who live outside of Melbourne need to study somewhere that’s flexible and accommodating. Ideally, they should choose somewhere that offers regular course intakes throughout the year; flexible learning structures and styles geared to student success; is close to public transport, and is considerate with the location of their placements. Committing to a nursing course is a big decision, so it pays for students to make sure study will work for them.
Their employment rates post-graduation is high
No course 100 per cent guarantees a job at the end of it, but studying at an institution with a high post-graduation employment rate certainly improves the odds. As does making a good impression during a placement and studying at a place with a respected reputation for well-trained, job-ready nursing graduates. Before enrolling on a course, it’s worth finding out how many students secure work after study and where they end up to be able to compare results and make a more informed choice about where to study.
For us, no one thing qualifies somewhere as being the best place to study in Melbourne. Instead, we believe it’s a combination of factors that will lead a student to decide what is the best place to study for them based on their own personal needs and professional goals. To find more about our nationally accredited nursing courses click here