11 February 2016

WA Health invites Year 10s to explore how GREaT nursing can be

Year 10 students who want to get a taste of hospital life as a nurse or midwife are invited to apply for a free, hands-on work-experience program in a public hospital.

The GREaT (Get Real Experience and Try) program, run by WA Health’s NurseWest, offers students throughout Western Australia exposure to nursing/midwifery as a career by providing a full week of practical work experience in a clinical setting.

Program Coordinator Natalie Male said the opportunity to be part of a healthcare team in action helped students to decide – prior to selecting subjects for senior school – whether they wanted to pursue nursing/midwifery as a profession.

“Sometimes young people disregard the option of nursing/midwifery based on preconceived, and often incorrect, ideas about the profession – usually based on what they see on TV,” she said.

“By allowing students to shadow a nurse or midwife mentor through many different clinical areas such as critical care, paediatrics, mental health and general wards, students can find out what nursing/midwifery is like in the real world.

“We constantly receive positive feedback about the program and how it helps students to decide on their future career path, and also to set goals and increase their motivation.

“When students can see themselves in a nursing/midwifery environment, it opens up a whole new world of possibilities.”

More than 520 Year 10 students from throughout WA have participated in the GREaT Program since it began in 2013 – in both metropolitan and regional areas.

Applications for the 2016 round are open until 18 March for both public and private school Year 10 students throughout Western Australia. Approximately 200 placements will be available from Term 2 onwards.

For more information email NurseWest on GREAT@health.wa.gov.au or apply online via the link on the Careers page of the WA Health website

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