From Singapore to Mauritius, the School of Nursing and Midwifery is providing professional education through global partnerships.
In Singapore, the School’s Bachelor of Nursing (post-registration) course is the longest running degree conversion program, thanks to a twenty-five-year partnership with the Singapore Nurses Association/Nurses Learning Hub. Boasting more than 1200 graduates, it has enabled Registered Nurses with a hospital or diploma qualification to expand their professional education to a bachelor’s degree.
“The degree program is customised to our local context, taking into consideration the education that Singapore nurses already have, along with changes in practice,” said Bella Tan, Director of the Singapore Nurses Learning Hub. “It is responsive to issues around chronic disease management, caring for older populations, the shift from hospital-based care to community-based care, and the emergence of digital health.”
The educational uplift is evident across Singapore’s healthcare sector. “Our bachelor degree has enabled a large cohort of nurses to achieve high status in the profession,” said Dr Sonia Reisenhofer, Associate Provost (International) and former Academic Director of the program. “Since 1998, La Trobe’s longstanding collaboration with the Singapore Nurses Association/Nurses Learning Hub has created a respected program that resonates with students and the profession.”
The School is hoping for a similar outcome in Mauritius where it is now delivering its bachelor program in partnership with Polytechnics Mauritius. “It is the only program of its kind in Mauritius,” said Reisenhofer. “The partnership will provide a much-needed boost to the healthcare profession in the country, with 80 students enrolled in the first intake.”
“Through all these partnerships, we are building clinical and theoretical knowledge, and a lifelong desire for learning, all in a global context.”