Nursing success through support

Aaron Lethlean overcame personal difficulties through VU’s support to graduate with a degree in nursing.

"I decided to attend VU as there were pathway options and support available in academic writing, literacy and numeracy. VU disability services also assisted me in developing a plan to support my needs while maintaining fairness, and the nursing staff offered an understanding environment.

During my Diploma of Nursing, I attended a study tour to Vietnam where we completed a clinical placement in Hanoi Paediatric Hospital, rotating through Oncology, Neonatal ICU, Neonatal Surgery and Psychology. This was the opportunity of a lifetime and the most challenging experience of my nursing career so far. I learned to communicate effectively in a multidisciplinary team, despite the language barrier.

I am currently a graduate registered nurse at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Next year I will move into pool nursing where I will be sent throughout the hospital to build on my clinical skills. My long-term goal is to return to postgraduate studies and find an area to specialise in. Education is the key to improve knowledge as healthcare in the 21st Century is so complex. As healthcare professionals we must always continue to improve our practice."

Courses studied

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