Indigenous Health Scholarship 2020
Flinders University, SA
Bachelor of Nursing
Scholarship Awarded 2020
Rotary Club of Waikerie
How will I contribute to improving Indigenous health as a qualified medical practitioner or health worker?
As a Ngarrindjeri woman from the lower south east of South Australia, I feel a strong connection to my culture and Aboriginal community. I live in the Riverland and my family and will be commencing my second year of a Bachelor of Nursing studying full time at Flinders University. Last year I completed my first year of the degree, which involved 80 hours of placement in an acute hospital. While on placement I was responsible for: taking patients vital signs, assisting patients personal care, making beds, observing the RN administer medications and would care dressings. I thoroughly enjoyed placement because I was able to meet some great nursing staff as well as, interacting with patients on the ward. This year I am looking forward to doing more placements and performing next level nursing procedures and processes.
Furthermore, I have a Certificate II in both Aged Care and Home and Community Care. After completing a certificate in Aged Care I gained employment as an Aged Care worker in a nursing home which I enjoy. Typical duties include assisting the elderly and people with disabilities with their showering, dressing, eating as well as, supporting their social and emotional well-being. Additionally, I believe I have developed skills that will be valuable in my nursing career for example: good communications, problem solving and teamwork skills. My career pathway to work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health as a community nurse. I am very passionate about pursuing my career pathway as I would like to help my family and community to better their health and well-being.