As at the end of 2017, there were nearly 780,000 registered nurses and midwives in Australia, with 10% of the total working in Queensland alone. Nursing is one of the most vital jobs, and often one of the most overlooked. This is why it is important to recognise nurses’ roles in their communities by celebrating International Nurses Day on 12 May of each year. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has celebrated this day for the past 53 years, and in honour of the date we got to know TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Region nursing student Jodie Gregg.
Mature-age student Jodie is the successful recipient of the TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Indigenous Scholarship for 2018 and continues to study a HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing EN towards her future goal to one day gain a Bachelor of Nursing degree. After years of hard work at Kalwun Health and dedication to her community and family, Jodie decided to follow her dreams to help people in her community by enrolling online in a Certificate III in Primary Health at Booroongen Djugun College. She then went on to complete the Certificate IV and Diploma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health. At the end of 2017 she enrolled at TAFE Queensland and applied for the 2018 Indigenous scholarship on offer and was one of the successful applicants.
“My goal is to provide the best care in my community and continue my studies to become an Enrolled Nurse,” said Jodie. “As a single mum, the TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Indigenous Scholarship has helped ease the financial commitment and setting me on a path to achieve my aspirations.
“My family are very proud of what I have achieved through my studies and when I told my Nanna that I wanted to become a nurse, she cried. She gave great advice and encouraged me to keep fighting for my goals. In return, I have inspired my youngest daughter to complete her schooling and she plans to attend University to become a doctor,” said Jodie.
Jodie has a love for helping women to connect and for educating people on health issues. In her Patient Care Coordinator role at Kalwun Medical Services Centre, Jodie assists patients with chronic diseases by providing education, liaising with General Practitioners, allied health workers, seeking funding and organising transport. She enjoys making an impact in their lives and being there for her patients in times of need.
“Jodie is an outstanding applicant and worthy recipient of the TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Indigenous Scholarship. Her commitment to her family, community, work colleagues and career goals are an inspiration to those she comes into contact with on a daily basis,” said Karen Dickinson, General Manager of TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Region.
“Jodie Gregg is one of 175 mature age students at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Region, over the age of 45, studying a nursing course.”
“On behalf of the TAFE Queensland Nursing educators we would like to recognise our students, graduates and industry partners in the health profession,” she said.
For more information about studying nursing, visit tafeqld.edu.au or call 1300 308 233 today.