Training the most valued profession: Nurse Educators are in high demand

Training the most valued profession: Nurse Educators are in high demand

By Susan Burdett
04 Apr 2018

Nursing teaching staff at Wodonga TAFE

Health professions continue to be Australia’s most highly regarded professions, according to recent research. Nurses have topped the annual ‘Image of Professions’ survey for 23 years running.*

Give a thought to who trains this trusted profession? Nurse Educators! Nurse Educators and their skills are highly sought after - as nurses are in high demand so keeping up the numbers of Educators is equally important.

“Our Nurse Educators come from the health sector as currently Registered Nurses with current nursing experience, or they have worked as recently as two years ago as a nurse,” said Tracey Frampton, Program Coordinator of Nursing at Wodonga TAFE.  

“As well as a higher education qualification, they need to have a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to be able to teach and assess students in the Diploma of Nursing program at TAFE.”

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Becoming a Nurse Educator is a wonderful way for skilled nursing professionals to share their knowledge and to nurture the future nursing workforce. 

Tracey said there are also a number of incentives that entice highly-trained nurses to continue their career in the education sector. “Wodonga TAFE offers many benefits to Nurses who make the transition to becoming a Nurse Educator in the Vocational Education and Training sector.”

“Our Diploma of Nursing training program maintains exceptionally high standards. This is due, in part, to many of our Educators taking the opportunity to work as well as to teach, which enables them to bring industry-current knowledge and skills to the course.”

“We have extensive industry partnerships with health providers across the region, including Ramsay Health, and Albury Wodonga Health. Our nursing staff have the opportunity to network with other educators and TAFEs that provide this qualification, via the Moderation Delivery Committee”, said Tracey, “and we have the prospect of sharing nursing teaching facilities at La Trobe University with our diploma to degree program.”

Nursing teaching staff at Wodonga TAFE work within the supportive team of the Community Services and Health department. Flexible, family-friendly hours of employment are on offer (no more shift work), along with the opportunity to work in an organisation that values its staff highly. Professional development opportunities and career pathways are also available to staff.

Student places within the Diploma of Nursing course are highly sought-after and graduates are eligible to register as an Enrolled Nurse on successful completion of the Diploma, which means they can seek employment straight away. Students complete extensive placement hours within local healthcare facilities as part of their training, which ensures they graduate with hands-on experience as well as relevant and current skills that are in demand with employers.

Or, if they wish to continue with study, students are eligible to gain credit into a bachelor degree at university. As part of the new ‘diploma2degree’ program with La Trobe University, Nursing students at Wodonga TAFE have the opportunity to co-enrol, which means they articulate directly into the nursing program at La Trobe, and can continue their training to become a Registered Nurse.

*Source: Roy Morgan Image of Professions Survey 2017.