TAFE Queensland Community Services Teacher Emma Hardy is passionate about helping senior high school students get a jump start on their careers.

Ms Hardy teaches Certificate II in Health Support Services to TAFE at School students.

“The course gives the students a good grounding should they have an interest in health care,” Ms Hardy said.

“The program touches on workplace health and safety, infection control, manual handling, medical terminology, and privacy and confidentiality,” she said.

Ms Hardy said the students are assessed in a variety of ways.

“They are not just sitting around doing theory, we undertake practical assessments in our nursing labs so they really get a feel of what a medical ward looks like complete with beds, linen, medical trolleys and simulation dolls,” Ms Hardy said.

Ms Hardy has experience as a registered nurse, a residential agency nurse and in palliative care, and she said sharing her industry experience in the classroom is a great learning tool.

“The students are at a stage in their lives that they might not know what they want to do when they leave school and that’s OK, I didn’t complete my training until I was 32,” Ms Hardy said.

“If I can share experiences with them they may come to the conclusion that this is something they really want to do which is awesome,” she said.

Over the years, Ms Hardy has seen her fair share of TAFE at School success stories.

“I have had several students go on to study a Certificate III in Individual Support or the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance which can lead to jobs as an assistant in nursing or support worker,” Ms Hardy said.

“Some students want to go on to study the Diploma of Nursing and I have also had a couple of students who have wanted to be paramedics - I just feel really proud of what they have achieved,” she said.

Ms Hardy said it was particularly rewarding to teach Year 12 Calvary Christian College students, Kelsie Williams and Johanna Haslberger in 2018.

Miss Williams enrolled in TAFE at School to get a head start on her dream career.

“This program is jam packed … I want to use this qualification to get a job in a retirement home so I can earn money while I study nursing,” Miss Williams said.

“I feel less stressed heading into uni knowing that this course is giving me basic industry skills,” she said.

Miss Haslberger said she liked that the course provided her with valuable knowledge about a wide range of topics including infection control policies and procedures and how to properly make a hospital bed.

“I enrolled in TAFE at School because I wanted to learn more about what it would be like to work in the health care industry,” Miss Haslberger said.

“This course is definitely worth looking into for any high school students who want to be a nurse or work in health care,” she said.



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