The UOW School of Nursing delivers nursing degrees from six sites across predominantly regional and rural NSW, and is committed to strengthening the rural and regional nursing workforce. It is the only school of nursing with a footprint across most of the southern half of NSW.
By providing the opportunity for people to study nursing and undertake placements in regional and rural areas, UOW is widening participation and encouraging a stronger rural nursing workforce with people able to study and work locally.
The Nursing Education initiative of the Health & Wellbeing Strategy seeks to grow UOW’s successful nursing education program through the establishment of a nursing and research facility in Western Sydney (WeSNER) at its South Western Sydney Campus, and a Nursing Clinical Learning Facility at its Bega Campus.
The Bega facility, which was officially opened in March 2016, includes a new nursing simulation lab and related education spaces supporting staffing for the new South East Regional Hospital in Bega.
The Western Sydney Nursing Education and Research Centre (WeSNER) will be a comprehensive education and research facility of a similar scale to the School of Nursing facilities at UOW’s Wollongong Campus.
UOW is committed to growing the number of registered nurses that are able to meet the demands of a rapidly changing healthcare service, and who are transformative in their practice and confident to advocate for themselves and their patients.