Gillian Gordon – Nursing
Diploma of Nursing
I am so proud to be a nurse in a very well regarded hospital. I work amongst some of the most experienced doctors, nurses and educators. It is a privilege.
Despite knowing that a return to study as a mature age student would be challenging and require sacrifice, Gillian Gordon was surprised by how much she enjoyed learning. She said, “I did not do very well at school when I was younger but being able to focus in this course and being a more mature student meant I achieved high grades.”
Gillian chose to study a Diploma of Nursing at Box Hill Institute for a number of reasons, including Box Hill’s reputation, the potential to participate in the Box Hill Epworth Eastern Scholarship program, the ability to join the workforce after 18 months of study, and the option of further studying a degree at a later date.
Early on in her diploma, Gillian applied for and was accepted into the Box Hill Epworth Eastern Scholarship program for graduates, which she began in mid-2016. She said, “I am enjoying the graduate year. I am so proud to be a nurse in a very well regarded hospital. I work amongst some of the most experienced doctors, nurses and educators. It is a privilege.”
“The graduate year at Epworth is very hard. It is tiring and the responsibility changes enormously from a student to a nurse. You are accountable for everything that you do and the expectations are far greater than I ever imagined,” she said.
Fortunately, Gillian believes the Box Hill Institute course prepared her for the challenges of her graduate year. She said, “The nursing facilities and practical labs, mirroring wards, were very impressive. Many of the teachers were experienced nurses as well as educators. The location worked well for me and there is a good rapport with all local hospitals to support placements nearby.
“There is always the challenge of putting your knowledge into practice through experience on a day-in day-out basis,” she said.
Before embarking on her return to study, Gillian was raising two young children and working part-time as a medical receptionist. For others thinking of returning to study she said, “It is manageable and you are able to do it. You just need to be disciplined and make sure you get the work done through good time management.
“There was an initial element of adjustment coming back in to study as a mature age student, but once this was complete, I felt confident and was very proud of my grades,” she said.