Issue 5 - June 1, 2009 enews home

Double cause for nurses’ celebration


Graduates from the Bridging Program for
International Qualified Nurses proudly
pose for photos at their graduation ceremony

By Row Booker

This year’s International Nurses Day held particular significance for 15 nursing students from Charles Darwin University. It coincided with their graduation.

The students from Kerala in south-west India have just completed a 20-week bridging program, which qualifies them to register as nurses in the Northern Territory.

The Bridging Program for International Qualified Nurses is a joint venture between CDU and the NT Government’s Department of Health and Families.

It was established earlier this year to address the shortage of nurses in the NT.

The CDU International Office, in conjunction with the Graduate School for Health Practice, also assisted in setting up the program.

To qualify to enter the program, each student had to have completed a four-year university degree in nursing and worked at least three years in clinical areas.

Their studies on the bridging program included clinical theory, English in the workplace and eight weeks of supervised clinical practice in hospital settings throughout Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs.

Each student received a certificate acknowledging their achievements. The successful students were: Tintu Augustine, Preetha Baby, Jinu Cherian, Soumya Cherian, Jimmy George, Clara Joseph, Shalu Kurian, Dhanya Louis, Deepa Mathai, Marreen Rapheal, Nila Raveendran, Shanti Regi, Sheena Samuel, Jaya Thomas and Teena Thomas.

An award was also presented to the most outstanding student, Jaya Thomas, who was singled out for the accolade because of her exceptionally well-developed understanding of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse.

She was said to have displayed a professional, mature and ethical approach to her nursing practice throughout her studies and had consistently applied this throughout all phases of the program.