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Nursing student follows parents footsteps
The Bremer Institute of TAFE student Emma Trigg knows better than most what it takes to be a nurse. Last year the 25 year-old decided to continue her parents' legacy of a combined 80 years of health care service by beginning her Diploma of Nursing at The Bremer TAFE.
Ms Trigg said both her parents had been dedicated nurses in Queensland for more than 40 years and following in their footsteps was the best way to help her community.
"I've always wanted to aid the community in any career I undertook," the Middle Park resident said.
"I've worked with people with a disability and homeless people before, but becoming a nurse was the most worthwhile way I could help those less fortunate in the community."
Now in her final semester, Ms Trigg said it was her father who inspired her to enrol at The Bremer TAFE and take her first steps towards becoming a nurse.
"My father has been a nurse for more than 40 years and it was he who initially encouraged me to undertake my Diploma of Nursing at The Bremer TAFE. In his experience he found nurses who took a TAFE course were very well prepared when they entered the workforce and this persuaded me to enrol."
To ensure nursing students uphold this reputation, The Bremer Institute of TAFE recently installed a million-dollar state-of-the-art hospital simulation room at their Bundamba campus to improve students' practical education. Nursing teacher Jenny Goldsmith said the ten-bed simulation room mirrored a hospital ward and gave nursing and aged care students invaluable practical experience.
"The simulation room has LCD monitors, electronic heart monitors, ceiling hoists, a fully functional treatment area and a nurses' station," Ms Goldsmith said.
"It enables students to practice theory learned in the classroom before undertaking placements in hospitals and nursing homes.Students love putting what they have learnt into practice and they gain the competence and confidence to excel in real world scenarios. It is fantastic to see The Bremer TAFE commit to the training of our future nurses because an investment in their education benefits the whole community."