Award winning Nursing Student Charitha shares her experience
Charitha Ranasinghe, a student who successfully completed the IIHS - TAFESA pathway and obtained the registration as an Enrolled Nurse in Australia is presently reading for her Bachelor of Nursing at University of South Australia. Sharing her thoughts and experience Charith expressed below views on the program;
“I completed the Certificate in Health Sciences at IIHS and then transferred to TAFE SA for the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled). IIHS has a wonderful panel of foreign and locally qualified lecturers who are committed to deliver the best for the students and have all the required facilities including state of the art lecture halls, simulation laboratories & latest learning tools such as Virtual Learning Environment. I had individual attention from the lecturers and it was a great opportunity to identify my weaknesses and to improve myself. This gave me the necessary skills to easily fit in to the Australian Higher Education system.
IIHS (www.iihsciences.com) provides various opportunities for students to sharpen their skills and to make great changes in their lives. The research I did as part of my studies under the supervision of IIHS lecturers was selected to be presented at the 22nd European Students Conference in Berlin, Germany and I managed to secure the ‘Best Poster Presentation Award’ in the conference. Just like me many of the IIHS undergraduate students have presented their researchers in international nursing conferences aboard.
Currently I am the Chairperson for Sri Lanka National Chapter of International Working Group for Advancement of Evidence-Based Health Care, as the Regional Chairperson and Ambassador for International Medical Journal for Students’ Research (IMJSR) and I’m also South Australia’s representative to the International Students Strategy for Australia (ISSA) International Student Consultative Committee.
At Gilles Plains TAFE Campus in Adelaide we experienced good theory lecture sessions and also clinical exposure from our clinical placements both in government and private organisations. Some of these placements were held in Modbury Hospital (Surgical, medical and palliative care units), Women’s and children’s hospital, Child and Family health Clinics, Adelaide Remand center and various aged care facilities. Moreover, we had both practical and theory sessions at TAFE and we had many workshops and sessions regarding manual handling, first aid and on hepatitis.
With respect to part time work, all students are allowed to work 40 hours per fortnight. Since we had done the Certificate in Health Sciences at IIHS I was able to secure a part time job as a caregiver in one of the elderly care centres’ and on average I earned AUD 22 per hour. But this goes up to nearly AUD 33 during weekends. At the end of the first fortnight (02 week pay period) I was able to earn a sum of AUD 1,126 by working only 40 hours which is the limit allowed to students. Upon completion of the Diploma and meeting the required level of IELTS I was able to obtain registration as ‘Enroled Nurses’ on the Nursing and Midwifery Board in Australia. This enabled me to work as an Enroled Nurse in Australia on part time basis whist reading for the Bachelors for another 2 years. There are many opportunities for qualified nurses in the world.
So far there are about 20 students studying and working in Australia through this pathway and all the students are doing really well in Australia.
Most Sri Lankan students who envisage in pursuing a career in Healthcare have the ultimate goal of becoming a Medical Doctor. But with the limited opportunity available in the country very few students are able to fulfil this objective. But from the recent past the immense growth in the demand for Nursing and other Allied Health Sciences in the global arena has motivated students to pay more attention towards becoming such healthcare professionals. Nursing is regarded as one of the most demanded professions in the world. The incentives offered for such professionals are very lucrative where the average salary of a Registered Nurse in international settings ranges from 49,000 USD to 130,000 USD per year depending on qualifications and experience.
The Certificate in Health Sciences – Pathway to Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled) programme conducted at IIHS in affiliation with TAFE South Australia is a 1 year programme in Sri Lanka where the students move in to Australia to complete Diploma of Nursing (Enroled) at TAFE South Australia within 15 months. By completing the one year in Sri Lanka, students save a large amount of money in terms of university fees and accommodation fees. The studies of one year at IIHS open up the pathway to three programs; Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled), Diploma in Reflexology and Diploma in Massage Therapy, and students can select a program of their interest with.
Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe, Deputy Chairman of IIHS who is not only an accomplished Consultant Medical Administrator but a Qualified Master Trainer states “most importantly, pathways are available even for students who have completed O/Ls to obtain a world Class Bachelor of Nursing qualification in Australia within a time frame of less than 4.5 years. The 1st year studies at IIHS are done under the supervision of TAFE South Australia. Lecturers from TAFE South Australia also visit IIHS to conduct lectures and assessments to make sure that the students get the same experience that they get by studying in Australia.
If you have the same passion and courage to become a world class Nursing Professional and to become a figurehead in the global healthcare arena, join IIHS and make your dreams a reality.
Registrations are now open for the 6th intake of Certificate in Health Sciences – Pathway to Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled) program. More information could be obtained from IIHS at No. 704, Negombo Rd, Welisara or from IIHS Hotline- 0114 6511 44, Mobile- 0774 14 23 98, 0727 115 114, 0773 11 43 81 or from their website - www.iihsciences.com.