MEADOW Springs resident Natasha Morgan has overcome several hurdles to achieve her dream, and she officially graduates as a nurse next month.
In 2015, Natasha discovered she was pregnant in her second week of studies and was quite unwell for most of her first year, spending time in hospital with severe anaemia.
Despite her tough pregnancy, she managed to complete a Certificate IV in Ageing Support which guaranteed her entry into a nursing degree at Murdoch University as part of the unique Mandurah Nursing Combo at South Metropolitan TAFE.
“When I was unwell, my cousin – who was also doing the Mandurah Nursing Combo – dropped course work to me at home and thankfully my lecturers also emailed me a lot of the work,” she said.
“I gave birth to my daughter Amaya in October 2015 and was back in class a week later.
“My lecturers were extremely understanding as I often had to duck out of class to feed her.’’
Natasha was 27 when she decided to do the Mandurah Nursing Combo and although she had been out of school for 10 years and had not completed year 12, she knew she wanted to become a nurse.
“It was quite hard doing TAFE, university, work, having a baby and moving house (due to separating from my partner) all at the same time, but I persevered thanks to the support of my family and my teachers,” she said.
Natasha has recently passed her nursing degree at Murdoch University and will officially graduate as a registered nurse early next month.
She has been accepted into Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals Group’s graduate nursing program.
“I tried on my new Fiona Stanley Hospital nursing uniform last week and it was the best feeling in the world,’’ she said.
“It made me realise the past four years of study have all been worth it as I now have an amazing new job to look forward to.”
South Metropolitan TAFE Aged Care and Disability team leader Karen Voce said they could see Natasha had the right attitude to become a great nurse and that she just needed some extra support to keep going.
“Natasha is proof that with determination and commitment, success can be achieved,” Karen said,
South Metropolitan TAFE’s Mandurah Nursing Combo partnership with Murdoch University provides students with the opportunity to gain a formal qualification in aged care, while also providing guaranteed entry into a Murdoch University nursing degree.
The course is designed to provide employment opportunities in aged care for university students while they complete their nursing degree.
Applications are still open for semester 1, 2019.