Student Profile: Ruby Haddon

Ruby Haddon
Diploma of Nursing

Having not stepped foot in a classroom for nine years, Ruby Haddon is a current Diploma of Nursing student at Box Hill Institute. Ruby was accepted into the Box Hill Epworth Eastern (BHEE) Fellowship, allowing her to undertake her clinical placements at the hospital throughout her course, and she was a recipient of the Epworth Eastern Nursing Scholarship.

Ruby said, “It was difficult to transition back into study mode but once I got into it, I found the course really enjoyable. While the course hasn’t been easy, I really surprised myself with the achievements I made.”

Ruby said her clinical placements at Epworth Eastern have been invaluable and have allowed her to put the theory she’s learnt into practise. She said, “It’s been my favourite part of the course.

“I think what surprised me the most was learning how much nurses really do. When I started the course, I didn’t fully understood how expansive the role of a nurse is and how knowledgeable nurses really are. I have always admired nurses, but after everything I have learnt, I now have a whole new respect for them.”

One of the reasons Ruby chose to study at Box Hill Institute was the pathway options and the Lilydale Lakeside campus. She said, “The community feel at the Lilydale campus suited me really well. The opportunities available to nursing students, such as the BHEE Fellowship and pathways into further study, were attractive to me.

“The best thing about studying with Box Hill Institute was the support that was offered. All my educators are amazing nurses with a wealth of knowledge and have gone above and beyond to support all of us students throughout our time at Box Hill Institute.

“The Student Life team have been fantastic. I always felt comfortable coming to them for a chat or even a bit of a rant. This was a huge point of difference for me between other training organisations I’ve had experiences with,” she said.

Ruby’s advice to anyone wanting to study the Diploma of Nursing is to “study, study, study! Be prepared to work hard, stay organised and use your time wisely.”

Ruby plans to continue her studies following the Diploma of Nursing by going on to complete a Bachelor of Nursing. “There are so many different areas nursing can take you, so I’m excited to experience a bit of everything,” she said.