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First students complete Master of Nursing at Westmead

19 March 2018
The program was offered for the first time at Westmead in 2016
The first students to graduate from the University of Sydney’s Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) program at the Westmead precinct have now begun their clinical rotations.
Picture of first class to complete Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) at Westmead smiling in a simulation lab.

The Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) was offered for the first time at Westmead Hospital in 2016, after nearly a decade of being solely available at the university’s Camperdown campus.

Of the 32 students to complete the Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) course at Westmead, five are now working across the Westmead precinct.

Andrew Zachary Romero was part of the first cohort of students to study the program at Westmead. He is now working as a full-time registered nurse in Westmead Hospital’s emergency department. Andrew, from Stanhope Gardens, said that despite the hospital’s convenient location to home, it wasn’t the reason he chose to study at Westmead.

When the [clinical] teams found out we studied [at Westmead], they were really excited because we already know how things work, where everything is. It makes the transition from study to practice seamless.
Andrew Zachary Romero, Master of Nursing

“Westmead has a great reputation not only as a hospital, but as a teaching and learning hospital, and it’s one of the largest trauma centres in NSW,” he said.

“You know there is a high standard of professionalism, and the teamwork and leadership is amazing. It’s a great thing to be part of.”

Andrew completed clinical placements in Westmead Hospital’s cardiology, neuroscience and emergency departments, as well as the paediatric cardiology department at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead during his studies.

“When the [clinical] teams found out we studied here, they were really excited because we already know how things work, where everything is. It makes the transition from study to practice seamless,” Andrew said.

Andrew’s cohort was the first to benefit from the Westmead Clinical Simulation Laboratory, a purpose-built accredited clinical simulation facility delivered in partnership with the Westmead Redevelopment project and The University of Sydney.

The lab supports clinical skills development in nursing such as personal care, wound dressings, catheterisation, medication administration and intravenous therapy.

Through our partnership with The University of Sydney, students in western Sydney have access to a high-quality nursing education at a prestigious university right here at Westmead Hospital.
Joanne Edwards, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney Local Health District Executive

Western Sydney Local Health District Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Ms Joanne Edwards said the Westmead Redevelopment project’s new central acute services building, due for completion in 2020, would bring an increased demand for skilled clinical practitioners in western Sydney.

“The health sector in this area is growing rapidly and our workforce needs to keep up with the community’s health needs,” she said.

“Through our partnership with The University of Sydney, students in western Sydney have access to a high-quality nursing education at a prestigious university right here at Westmead Hospital.

“I am proud of all the students that have completed this program and look forward to following the graduates at Westmead on their clinical rotations.”

Dean of Sydney Nursing School Professor Donna Waters said:

“This first cohort of Masters-level prepared nurses from The University of Sydney Westmead Campus have displayed a capacity to learn and adapt that has exceeded our expectations. It’s not easy being the ‘first’ group in a new program – not everything works perfectly – but we are so very proud of our exceptional graduates.”

This first cohort of Masters-level prepared nurses from The University of Sydney Westmead Campus have displayed a capacity to learn and adapt that has exceeded our expectations.
Professor Donna Waters, Dean and Head of School, Sydney Nursing School

“Graduate entry programs bring such wonderfully diverse and skilled individuals into nursing and health care. We look forward to being able to offer more opportunities for nursing programs to the Western Sydney community in the future.”

“Sydney Nursing School is very grateful to the many people who continue to support our nursing students at Westmead. The graduation of the first Westmead cohort is a very special occasion and I look forward to awarding their degrees on 26th March at our Graduation Ceremony in the Great Hall. Our colleagues at WSLHD and SCHN are very welcome to celebrate this occasion with us.”

Andrew said it was a privilege to be part of the first cohort studying the Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) at Westmead.

“We were the guinea pigs for seeing how the program would work and run and work at Westmead, and in among the refurbishments and room changes, it puts into perspective that we are part of a big change with the Westmead Redevelopment; we can look back and say ‘we started here’”.

The Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) is open to university graduates from any discipline. The degree is offered on a two-year full-time or four-year part-time basis, with graduates eligible to apply for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

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