After completing a Nursing degree at RMIT and working at Austin Health, Tanja Smokovska is studying a Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Nursing.She intends to provide a valuable link between health and community.
Graduate Diploma of Child and Family Health Nursing
I've always had an interest in maternal and child health.
After graduating from the nursing degree, I undertook a Diploma of Midwifery before completing a graduate year at the Mercy Hospital for Women. I'm now studying the Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing.
I now combine working at Austin Health with my role as midwife at the Mercy Hospital for Women. My studies have all been flexible, allowing me to combine study part-time with work where I can apply my clinical skills.
So far I have found that the Graduate Diploma of Child and Family Health Nursing course structure is preparing me well to be a maternal child health nurse.
The nursing clinical labs have been valuable in allowing me to practice my nursing skills with fellow students.
I'm also looking forward to my clinical placement for Child and Family Health Nursing at the City of Whittlesea. I'll be working within a local community centre, assisting in a kindergarten, attending the Children's Court, and supporting the Maternal Child Health Help Line.
I have been fortunate to be guided through my studies by passionate and experienced mentors whose doors are always open. They each have an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience – which is very inspiring.
I'm looking forward to graduating and I'm eager to have the chance to work with woman and their families.
I want to work as a maternal child health nurse within my local community and hope to continue to work between the hospital system and community sector.