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After relocating from Perth to Darwin to partake in CDU’s Master of Nursing [pre-registration], Yanxuan (Yvonne) Lin says she’s learnt a lot, both academically and personally. 

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“I was on working holiday visa for two years in Australia, and I enjoyed the life here,” says Yvonne.

“During the outbreak of COVID-19, I had always respected what nurses do for us."

“So, I believed that to become a nurse would be a good idea.”

Yvonne had been living in Perth for almost two years, armed with a Bachelor degree in food quality and security.

While she was initially attracted to what she considered to be a high salary package for Australian nurses, she soon discovered a love and passion for the profession.

“After finishing my first placement, I realized that I enjoy working with the patients and elderly, it’s actually a rewarding job for me.

Jumping from food to nursing was a daunting leap, but one Yvonne says was made easier thanks to the supportive staff at CDU, particularly Nursing Academic Lead, Nicole Norman.

“Sim Block is a really helpful tool for the nursing students,” she says.


“I was upset and worried about my coming placement before Sim Block because I felt like I knew nothing.

“However, the tutor and Nicole were really kind and patient, they went through all the skills within our scope of practice. They made me feel well prepared.

“When I was new in CDU, I had difficulties in academic writing, my tutor provided me lots of resources to practice my writing.

“Also, the ALLSP in the library contributed to my progress in writing, I only got a pass for my first assignment, however, I got High Distinction for the last one.”

The Master of Nursing [pre-reg] is available at both the Darwin and Sydney campuses.

CDU’s Master of Nursing Practice (Pre-Registration) has been designed to cater for those who have already completed a Bachelor degree in another field.

The course enables graduates to become a Registered Nurse and work in all healthcare settings within the Australian healthcare system.

The Master of Nursing Practice (Pre-Registration) is a professionally accredited course that meets the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) qualification criterion for registration as a Division 1 nurse in Australia.

Course content promotes critical thinking, sound clinical reasoning, comprehensive health assessment skills and patient centred care that is evidence-based and respectful of the diverse contexts, cultures and communities where people live, connect and experience health, well-being, illness and disability.

You will complete supervised clinical placements (800 hours minimum) across the two years of the course in a variety of health care settings. Regardless of your study mode or pattern, you are required to complete clinical placement on a full time, rotating shift basis across a seven-day week roster, including night shifts, weekends and public holidays. 

Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, CDU is required to register nursing students with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and to notify AHPRA if a student has or develops a health impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm. More information available at NMBA Student Registration.

For more information on the course, visit Master of Nursing Practice (Pre-Registration).

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