Graduate Diploma success

Rhiann Connor has pursued her passion for helping children and families by completing La Trobe's Graduate Diploma of Child, Family and Community Nursing

After several years working as an acute care nurse and midwife, Rhiann Connor decided to pursue her passion for helping children and families by completing a Graduate Diploma of Child, Family and Community Nursing.

“The passion for working with children and families was a natural progression from my nursing and midwifery background. Pursuing this degree has been part of a long-term plan over the past 10+ years.”

Rhiann says the opportunity to take part in face-to-face workshops on campus has been invaluable.

“Meeting fellow students and having guest speakers really helped build rapport. Online learning is a wonderful tool in our modern world, however nothing beats human interaction,” she says.

“I have also really enjoyed the knowledge I gained and the skills I learnt by transitioning from acute hospital care to community-based care."

As part of her course, Rhiann undertook placement at Melton City Council, where she got first-hand experience working with a Maternal and Child Health Nurse.

“Before commencing placement, I had little understanding of just how much work a Maternal and Child Health Nurse completes every day. It can be a difficult job at times, but I really enjoyed the challenge and I learnt so much. I was well supported during my placements, and I am very grateful for the opportunity.”

After many years of study and work, Rhiann is going to take a well-deserved break before starting a new role next year. She also hasn’t ruled out the idea of further study.

“I never thought I would say this, but I have been encouraged by academics within the University to pursue higher education in the form of a Masters, Professional Doctorate or PhD.”

“I am rather passionate about how we can support neurodivergent patients in a clinical space, and I am considering research opportunities around this. So, you may see me back at university sooner rather than later!”