Graduate Story | A rewarding career in healthcare

After recently graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing, Cambodian international student Neath Mardy is well on her way to pursuing her dream of being a nurse.

Neath credits her studies with helping her develop key English and leadership skills as well as building her confidence and preparing her for her future career path. Here, Neath shares her study experience and advice for others looking to get into the healthcare industry.

Neath Mardy

Why did you choose your degree?

I always wanted to study something medical-related from a young age. I spent a lot of time with my grandmother when was little and dreamed of becoming a healthcare professional to care for her. I chose a Bachelor of Nursing because I wanted to provide quality of care for those who are in need and promote a safer healthcare system. Above all, I want to be an advocate for the health and wellbeing of my patients while providing both physical and mental support.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Adelaide?

There are several reasons that I chose to start my study journey at the University of Adelaide. Firstly, Adelaide is one of my favourite cities to live in due to tourism and adventures sites as well as the fair cost of living.

Secondly, the University of Adelaide is the top-ranking university in South Australia and is well-known for its health and medical science majors. The University has a dedicated study building for Health and Medical Science students equipped with modern facilities for students to get hands-on experience in the clinical simulations. Also, the University has a defined course structure that allows students to have both in-class study and clinical placements in the first year. 

Moreover, the University of Adelaide campus is located in the CBD which provides easy access for all to public transportation, accommodation, food and shopping. 

Did you complete an internship during your studies?

Clinical placements are mandatory in the Bachelor of Nursing. Throughout my three-year course, I completed six placements in both metropolitan and rural healthcare settings. I have experienced the work environment of multiple major public hospitals such as The Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, as well as GP clinics and community hospitals.

These opportunities are important for students to apply their knowledge to real-life situations and enhance their clinical skills. The university also provides great support for students during their placement periods and empowers students to be confident in their skills. For instance, students are ensured of a safe environment to practice in and receive as much guidance as possible.

What is your job role now?

I have just completed my degree and acquired my registration to practice as a registered nurse. Thus, I am planning to work as a registered nurse in the general medical sector in a major hospital to help cope with the pandemic and join the fight to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Currently, I am working as an Assistant in Nursing for a healthcare agency. My role is to assist in patient care and assessments and to provide physical and emotional support for my patients. The role also includes working alongside duty nurses and a multidisciplinary team.

How do you think a degree from The University of Adelaide has assisted you to gain employment?

My study journey at the University of Adelaide has become one of the best experiences in my life. As an international student, I was timid and reluctant to take up challenges. However, the university has reshaped me into a confident graduate and enhanced both my educational and social skills.Neath Mardy

The University gave me the opportunity to attend multiple seminar sessions and workshops to meet with senior nurses and representatives from major healthcare settings. The purpose of these events was to help students find a suitable career path and get connected with people in the same field.

What unique attributes from your degree have assisted you in your career?

Definitely the outstanding placement experiences in different settings. The program has provided the opportunity for me to work in a variety of healthcare areas and broaden my knowledge in different forms of nursing which has helped me decide my future career path.

What advice would you give to students looking to get into your industry?

Healthcare professionals are currently in demand due to the health crisis caused by the pandemic. Working as a healthcare professional is truly rewarding as you are able to use your skills and knowledge to help those who are vulnerable or in need. At the end of the day, this is a great motivator to choose a career as a nurse.

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