Like many school leavers, Claire Prickett finished high school without any solid career plans. But after her father was hospitalised as the result of a mountain biking accident, her career path opened up right in front of her.

“I visited Dad in hospital every day for a whole week while he got surgery for a punctured lung,” said Claire.

During each visit, Claire saw how the nurses treated her dad before and after his operation. She was blown away by their care, expertise and kindness which inspired her.

“Every time I went to the hospital to see Dad, I saw what the nurses were doing, and thought it was a career I should consider,” continued Claire.

And with two aunts and an uncle already working as nurses, Claire had all the encouragement she needed to apply.

“Between visiting the hospital, helping Dad recover and talking about becoming a nurse with my family, I decided a career helping others was my calling,” she said.

“I realised how motivated I am to care for people and help them in times of need. And working as a nurse will provide me with a range of job opportunities with the ability to work full-time, part-time or casually,” said Claire.

Deciding to study the Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) through TAFE Queensland wasn’t hard for Claire, having previously completed a Certificate III in Tourism (SIT30166) through a TAFE at School program during her final year of high school.

“I loved the hands-on and practical nature of studying through TAFE at School, so when I found out that I could study nursing at TAFE’s Loganlea campus, it was an easy decision,” said Claire.

“Studying through TAFE Queensland means you get a good blend of theory and practical classes. My tutors show the class how to do things in the simulated nursing wards with simulated patients and medical rooms, which are as close to a real-life hospital as you can get."

“Each day I’m using the same tools and equipment they use in health care facilities around Australia while learning from tutors who are registered nurses who have worked in hospitals."

“Making life easier is that my study journey is supported by excellent library staff, study rooms and there are plenty of computers to do my assignments on.”

Claire is looking forward to graduating and has her sights firmly set on starting her professional career by being accepted to a graduate nursing program with a Brisbane-based hospital.

“Thanks to TAFE Queensland I’m on the pathway to my purpose. Once I’ve graduated I hope to specialise in paediatric nursing, but with the solid skills I’ll have from studying my course I’m open to any area of nursing,” said Claire.

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