Tania's Interview

Diploma of Nursing

Estonia

Tania

From Estonia

Diploma of Nursing

Brisbane Queensland

From Estonia

Tania is one of our students who has studied the Diploma of Nursing in Brisbane. Tania is from Estonia and previously came to Australia on a working holiday visa. After graduating she is now a fully qualified Enrolled Nurse.

Interview

What course did you study?

I studied the Diploma of Nursing at TAFE QLD in Brisbane. The course went for 1.5 years. Prior to beginning the course, I had to do about 12 weeks of English courses to improve my English slightly so I could enter the course.

Where are you living in Brisbane?

When I studied the course I was living at Woolloongabba. It is close to the city and school which was really convenient to me. I pay $180 per week for my room. I was living with in a share house initially before I moved in with my partner into our own apartment. There is a lot of apartments in Brisbane and it is a cheap place to rent.

How do you like the course?:

I really liked it. I found it to be challenging at the start because my English was not the best. However, after a month, I began to get used to it and really take everything in. TAFE has amazing facilities where we got to use the best of everything. My placement was also a really useful and rewarding experience. I think just going through the experience with a group of like-minded students was awesome. We were a close-knit group in our class and are all still friends.

How often do you attend class?

3 full days per week 8am – 5pm, some semesters were 4 days it just depended on what we were covering at the time. Nursing is quite intensive because you learn a lot in only 1.5 years. You become a fully qualified enrolled in only 1.5 years, plus there is a lot of holidays in between classes. The placement was intensive when I did it. I think we did about 400 hours of placement over 10 or 15 weeks or something like that. I did learn a lot in this time at placement though and the experience was amazing.

How did you find about Pathway to Aus?

I was actually referred to Pathway to Aus by a friend who they helped.

How are you doing for work?

Since graduating from the course I applied for a partner visa with my Australian boyfriend. There is plenty of work for enrolled nurse and I work full time a residential care facility.

Did you have any problem finding work?

Not at all, they are crying out for qualified enrolled nurses.

What are you most looking forward to learning?

I am waiting for my PR to come through, but as soon as it does I am going to do my bachelors to become a registered nurse. I get credit for previously studying the Diploma so it should take me a lot less time.

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