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Posted in education, fremantle, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 21, 2017

Fremantle Notre Dame University did get a lot of stick, including from me, about their proposal for a five-storey new School of Nursing building in High Street, but they deserve to be congratulated on the high standard of education they give their nursing students.

While I was in Rockingham Hospital for an operation last week I was also cared for by UNDA students and they all were very good.

Especially one of them, Amy, was so incredibly competent, very confident and professional that she came across as a well-experieneced nurse.

She had great communication skills with the patients and the nursing staff and the most delightful personality.

We are lucky in Freo because Amy from Rockingham told me that once she graduates in July she has found employment at Fremantle Hospital. She will be a great asset to the nursing staff there!

Roel Loopers


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  1. Rob Fittock said, on May 22, 2017 at 6:44 am

    My daughter went through UNDA School of Nursing as a mature age student, loved the facilities and the atmosphere of learning, loved being in Freo, loved the hands on experience at Bentley Hospital and came out the other end graduating and is now a registered nurse back at Bentley Hospital….her career has blossomed

    Ask the students what they think because that really is the only opinion that matters

  2. freoview said, on May 21, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    I too love having the students and UNDA staff around in the West End. All those young people brighten up the streetscape.


  3. PMF said, on May 21, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Of course these students need hands on instruction, no-one is suggesting they don’t, however if you want them to have hands-on experience in anything other than aged care, mental health and SOME post-op and rehab, they will need to do placements in hospitals other than Fremantle (eg Paediatrics, Maternity, Emergency and Acute Care etc …). I for one think that the West End is a much nicer (and safer) place since the Uni moved in.

  4. Suzanne said, on May 21, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Students need hands on instruction, not just bookwork and blackboards in such careers as ithe medical field.
    Close proximity to a medical facility is surely easier for the faculty.
    We are not talking of geologists or economists. We are talking human lives and wellbeing. Of all professions, actual experience plus book learning is essential for medicinal pursuits.
    Anyway, Notre Dame can afford any number of properties, as they have proven. They do not need to whack up a building in the historic West End, which flouts all of the rules and regulations set by the Heritage Committee and the Fremantle Council.
    They should care about the ratepayers who fund them

  5. PMF said, on May 21, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Why should the School of Nursing be next to the Hospital? The School of Nursing is part of the University and students attend other lectures, pracs and exams at the Uni, not in the Hospital. The Uni is not part of the hospital or vice versa. And what about the Schools of Medicine and Physiotherapy? Where do you suggest they go? If you want world class nursing care the Uni needs well designed buildings, that facilitate their learning, as well as good teaching staff. Practical placements occur all over the state, not just in Fremantle.

  6. bigjulie said, on May 21, 2017 at 8:36 am

    I do think the School of Nursing should be next door to or within the hospital grounds for efficiency and ergonomic movement of students and staff. Remote to the action = remote!

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