Training at campus earns uni top marks
NURSING student Corrina Sheleen said she had barely been sick before she began her nursing degree at Southern Cross University.
"It's scary walking into hospital for the first time with no idea of the routine or how it it functions," she said.
So she has been particularly grateful for the realistic new clinical training facilities at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus.
"They have everything from oxygen to syringes and kidney dishes," Ms Sheleen said.
The winner of the Yeates Prize for the highest grade point average for first years students in 2005, Ms Sheleen gave her SCU lecturers very high marks for the nursing course and for their help, describing the nursing degree course as a fabulous mix of science and social science.
"I always wanted to do it, but I didn't like uni at 19 so I went overseas, got married and had children. When my son had left home and settled I decided the time was right."
Just returned from three weeks practical work in Port Macquarie Hospital, Ms Sheleen is enthusiastic about putting the theory into practice. "I spent most of my time in the medical ward but I spent a couple of days in ICU (intensive care unit) and I loved it," she said.