Call to consider nursing career

University of Tasmania School of Health Sciences head Steve Campbell and Nursing course administrator Wendy Nas are inviting people considering a career in nursing to an application day on January 15.

TASMANIANS unhappy in their careers, concerned about job security or looking for a new challenge are being encouraged to consider pursuing a career in nursing.

University of Tasmania School of Nursing course administrator Wendy Nas has sounded the call for prospective mature-aged students to attend an application day on January 15.

``At this time of year there is quite a large contingent of people who have been made redundant, are worried about it happening, or repositioning their focus for the year ahead,'' she said.

``The reality is you're never too old to study, and we're always going to need nurses.''

Ms Nas said the day was designed to strip away the formality surrounding applying to study.

``The process can be really intimidating - especially for those that have been out of school a long time,'' she said.

``Application day is a vastly different environment to Open Day, which can be a manic, overwhelming experience.''

Ms Nas said the event was an opportunity to have a face-to-face conversation with someone from the faculty.

``Sometimes it's really hard to put all the information about the course into a page of writing,'' she said.

``Sitting down with someone one-on-one to work through all of your queries about that course can be a really valuable experience.''

School of Health Sciences head Steve Campbell said the university was focused on recruiting students with life experience.

``Attracting a rich mix of students is really important to us,'' he said.

``We find that those who have travelled an alternative path to their nursing studies have exceptional motivation and preparedness.''

Mr Campbell said a key aspect of the day was highlighting the broad range of career paths available.

``A job in nursing can see a person working anywhere from a mental health or aged care facility, right through to an intensive care operating theatre,'' he said.

There are about 100 first-year nursing places available for new starters in semester one this year.

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