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!”