Three Indigenous Bachelor of Nursing students for the Batemans Bay and Bega UOW campuses have been successful in their applications for cadetships with NSW Health.
The cadets Dianne Jerrard, Tanya Little, and Lucinda Thurston are provided with financial assistance while they study as well as providing valuable hands-on experience through 12 weeks paid employment in a local public hospital which they are able to fit in around their studies.
Cadet Lucinda Thurston explains that “I can gain some experience working in the career that I want to pursue and it also provides me with some financial stability whilst I am studying”. Cadets also receive support from an Aboriginal mentor and guaranteed employment upon the successful completion of their degree.
Another recipient, Wiradjuri woman Tanya Little has said that the cadetship is a “great honour, and a fanatic opportunity to start my nursing career while I am still studying. I feel blessed to have the privilege to care and support our people and promote the importance of health and wellbeing in our communities”. This is a fantastic achievement for these students and we heartily congratulate them on their success.