Naomi makes career transition thanks to TAFE link with uni

JUGGLING three young kids and a job meant Naomi Mallinson needed flexible options when she decided to pursue her dream career of nursing.

After completing her diploma at CQ TAFE in Rockhampton last year, the Frenchville enrolled nurse is now taking on CQUniversity's new Transition to Nursing undergraduate program, which the university introduced last year.

The linking course means Naomi will be ready to join second-year students in the Bachelor of Nursing at CQUni.

"After I had children, I wanted a change of career - and the medical field always interested me," Naomi said.

"I decided that studying through TAFE was the best way to do it, since I didn't have any real study experience. I'd finished school in 1995."

But Naomi said by second semester at TAFE, she was feeling more confident in her academic writing.

"TAFE does help you in recognising you can go further; that sort of inspired me," she said.

"It was great knowing CQUni's courses were designed so what I learnt at TAFE would count towards my degree, and I wouldn't have to double up on subjects."

Naomi is an enrolled mental health nurse at Rockhampton Base Hospital and also works part-time at Rockhampton's Mater Hospital.

CQUniversity vice-chancellor Scott Bowman said Naomi was a trailblazer for the university's comprehensive new approach to education, and its grand plan to build pathways between vocational training and higher education.

On July 1, CQUniversity will officially merge with CQ TAFE, to become Queensland's first dual sector university.

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