“I have been an Enrolled Nurse since 2012 but with some gaps in practice due to the birth of my two youngest children. Fast forward to 2020, my son was finally starting prep, but COVID happened, and everything just kind of stopped for a while. I wasn’t sure if it was the right time for me to go back to studying, especially during a pandemic, so I ended up staying at home and supporting my kids online learning instead. By the end of 2020, I felt more confident about going back to studying so I started at La Trobe and it was an awesome experience.
“With the ongoing support of the wonderful staff at La Trobe, I was able to consolidate and build on my previous knowledge and skills. This facilitated a much-needed improvement in my own practice and competencies to provide safer and evidence-based nursing care.”
Seini says upskilling to become a Registered Nurse has allowed her to discover a whole new level of nursing. She’s now part of the Collaborative Graduate Nursing Program between Mildura Base Public Hospital (MBPH) and Mildura Health Private Hospital (MHPH).
“My advice to Enrolled Nurses is just go for it! It is both exciting and rewarding at the same time and the opportunities are endless!
I am currently on my first rotation in the Oncology Unit at the Mildura Health Private Hospital. It just so happens that they were in the process of transitioning into their new ICON Cancer Centre when I started in February, so it feels great to be working in their new facility and be a part of that piece of history in Mildura. I am loving the new experiences and skills I’m learning, as it is a specialised area, so it is especially rewarding.
Seini says she had always planned to work locally once she graduated and is passionate about giving back to her community.
“If the La Trobe Mildura Campus was not here, I wouldn't have been able to study because I would have to leave my family in order to attend Uni in the city.
“I would like to acknowledge every single person who has helped me along the way in the past 2 years to get to this point. From my teachers at La Trobe, to all my preceptors and educators at both hospitals in Mildura, you have all been amazing so thank you! And to my family at home, thank you for all your patience and support, this degree is for you.”