Michelle Cassar wanted to be an astronaut.
"...But once I started as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) I knew I wanted to help people," she said.
So she did. For more than 30 years the mother-of-two has worked as an AIN and Wards Person.
But she wanted more. So she decided to take the next step. One giant leap for her career.
She enrolled (with some encouragement from her colleagues at Westmead Hospital) and completed a Diploma of Nursing at TAFE NSW Wetherill Park.
Today, she has been able to put the skills developed at TAFE NSW into use on a daily basis when providing patient assessments, dispensing medication, inserting IV drips, working with doctors and allied health professionals and providing the best patient care.
“TAFE NSW provided the perfect learning environment, with amazing teachers and competence based training. I was given the opportunity to speak up, answer questions and practise what I had learnt in the industry," she said.
“I learnt important foundation skills which would set me up for a rewarding career in nursing. From medical terminology and how the body works and interacts to pharmacology.
“I work with an amazing bunch of nurses at Westmead Hospital who have taught me so much, but the best part is knowing that I have been part of a team to help someone get back to good health.”
In 2019, Western Sydney Local Health District is investing almost $30 million in the recruitment of new nursing staff.