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Personalised learning for nursing students in Dubbo

Tuesday 30 Aug 2016

A final year nursing student has spoken of the personalised learning environment she is experiencing while studying at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo.

Bachelor of Nursing student Ms Jill Carnell said, "Our class sizes at Charles Sturt University in Dubbo are small. There's between eight and 12 students in lectures and tutorials, and we all get along well together.

"It gives us the advantage of having a personalised learning environment, and we have a lot more time to go through the subject matter and study it closely.

Her comments come as a nursing information session for prospective students will be held at CSU in Dubbo from 6pm on Tuesday 13 September.

Ms Carnell said, "We form good relationships with our lecturers, making the study environment much more enjoyable and relaxed.

"The lecturers have time to spend on us, they help us brush up on some of the things we might be hazy on and make sure we understand.

"Basically, we're really able to put a foot forward on our learning because there's more time for us to go through the content."

Ms Carnell from Dubbo says she is motivated to pursue a career in nursing by a desire to care for people at some of the most vulnerable points in their lives.

"Whatever the reason someone is in hospital, I want to make the process easier for them and their family, and I want to be there for them the best way I can.

"I also love the science in nursing, including learning about medication and different medical procedures and treatments and how they work on the body.

"It's fascinating to be a part of something that is constantly evolving and changing with the sole purpose of making life better for people."

The CSU student says a highlight of the nursing degree has been the range of hospitals offered to students for their workplace learning.

"I've had the privilege of doing some clinical placements in major tertiary hospitals, and it's made me really appreciate both sides of nursing: the nursing that comes with hospitals with 1 000 beds and specialist services, and the nursing that comes with a 30 bed hospital and the on-call doctor.

"It's helped me see the different demands that the different environments place on nurses.

Her advice to prospective nursing students includes a need to understand what they're undertaking.

"Nursing is learning for life because the field is forever changing. "

"You need to be passionate and determined, and you need to know how to de-stress."

Ms Carnell has applied for a new graduate position at Dubbo Base Hospital, and she'd eventually like to work in trauma and critical care for the Rural Flying Doctor Service or the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. 

The CSU nursing information session will hear from current nursing students and graduates, health administrators, and lecturer from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Bachelor of Nursing student Ms Jill Carnell and lecturer in nursing in the School of Nursing, midwifery and Indigenous Health at CSU in Dubbo, Ms Cathy Maginnis are available for interview. Contact CSU Media.

Nursing students deliver glasses gift to Thailand

Monday 25 Jul 2016

Reading glasses and sunglasses donated to Charles Sturt University (CSU) have found new homes in remote villages in northern Thailand.

They were hand delivered by nine Bachelor of Nursing students and their CSU lecturer Ms Cathy Maginnis while they were on an international work placement for their course focused on primary healthcare, health education and health assessments.

The final year students from CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, and Wagga Wagga arrived in northern Thai city of Chiang Mai for a quick acclimatisation to the new culture including the hustle and bustle of the night markets and endless traffic stream of motor bikes, push bikes and tuk tuks.

They went on a walking tour and visited local temples to learn about the Thai culture and customs.

The CSU group then travelled for four hours by mini-vans from Chiang Mai into the mountainous region of Kallayaniwattana (Watchan) to the students' accommodation in the grounds of Watchan Hospital.

Each day, the group travelled by 4WD with hospital staff to remote villages to set up mobile health clinics in local schools.

Ms Maginnis, from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at CSU in Dubbo, said, "Being the rainy season we experienced torrential downpours daily and roads being damaged by the volume and force of the water. The 4WD vehicles were an essential part of accessing remote villages.

"This alone was an adventure and we were able to take in the most breath taking scenery along the routes.

"Once in the villages, we assisted hospital staff in assessing and providing health care and supplying pharmacy."

The students also delivered health promotions to school students, including education about hand hygiene, teeth cleaning and the Healthy Eating Pyramid.

"We distributed and did basic visual acuity testing for more than 300 reading glasses and sunglasses donated by our local communities in Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst and Albury-Wodonga," Ms Maginnis said.

"These had an immediate and long lasting benefit for the villages. It was very emotional to watch the expressions of the villagers change as their vision improved."

The nursing students also brought donated supplies of toothbrushes and toothpaste, loom band kits, stickers, slinky and toy cars as well as pens and book marks for the children.

Ms Maginnis said, "These villages have limited access to health care and education and live simple lives while working extremely hard, for long hours, labouring in the fields, planting and harvesting a variety of crops such as rice, corn, strawberries, coffee beans and a variety of nuts and caring for their livestock.

"We also did home health visits and delivered health care while getting firsthand experience of village life and immersing ourselves in the Thai culture.

"It was both humbling and a privilege to be able to provide health care to the different villages and to be welcomed and immersed in the Thai culture.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

The international work placement was supported by CSU Global, an initiative to provide students with international study experiences.  

It ran from Saturday 18 June and Sunday 3 July 2016.

It was part of the Bachelor of Nursing subject NRS311 Life-stage Considerations: Child Adolescent and Family Health.

OPSM supported the CSU students to test, repair and grade the glasses and provide glass cases, information and products for the children.

Photo: CSU nursing students on a home visit with local health officials in a village in northern Thailand.

Local justice experts provide legal experience

Thursday 21 Jul 2016

Bathurst justice forum 2016 peopleThree Bathurst justice experts have laid their experiences before at least 200 law students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) to help them learn about punishment and the state in the Australian legal system.

On Wednesday 20 July, Bathurst magistrate Michael Allen (left), Bathurst defence lawyer Shane Cunningham (right) and the police crime commander for Chifley region Acting Sergeant Colin Crome (centre) faced probing questions as part of an interactive panel for CSU students who are aiming to become police officers, social workers, psychologists and lawyers.

Over two hours, the panellists addressed the questions of 80 students in Bathurst on the goals and strategies of punishment, particularly from the viewpoint of regional Australia.

Bathurst justice forum 2016 forumPanel coordinator Dr Kath McFarlane, who is a senior lecturer with the newly established Centre for Law and Justice at CSU, said the students in this subject were investigating, "How we punish, why we punish and the consequences for society if we get it wrong.

"The panellists provided unique perspectives on the practice and administration of various aspects of the criminal justice system, and exposed students to practical views and experiences they would not otherwise encounter," Dr McFarlane said.

In recognition of the 150 students enrolled in the subject across Australia via distance education, Dr McFarlane has also made the forum available as an audio file to students who were unable to attend in person.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

 For copies of pictures with the panellists and for interviews with Dr McFarlane, contact CSU Media.

Readying Indigenous students for police studies

Monday 13 Jun 2016

Indigenous students from across the state are preparing to join the NSW Police Force with the help of a workforce essentials course at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo.

Thirty six graduates of the awarding-winning Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) are now studying the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials through CSU.

IPROWD aims to increase the number of Indigenous Australians in the NSW Police Force and these students will study on campus at CSU in Dubbo full time for five weeks to complete their University Certificates.

Course Manager Dr Amanda Davies said, "Success in the University Certificate and pre-entrance exam enables students to progress in the recruitment process that leads toward attending the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn.

"Success in these studies prepares the prospective students for enrolling in CSU's Associate Degree in Policing Practice, completion of which is required to join the NSW Police Force as a Probationary Constable," Dr Davies said.

"This extensive process helps maintain the high academic and professional standards demanded of new recruits by the NSW Police Force, while helping prepare indigenous Australians for the academic rigour of university courses."

The next intake for the NSW Police Academy is in August this year.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

 For interviews and pictures with Course Manager, Dr Amanda Davies, contact CSU Media. Dr Davies is based at CSU in Goulburn.

Festival of engineering for Bathurst

Wednesday 1 Jun 2016

Engineering students 2016The engineering course at Charles Sturt University (CSU) will host a feast of all things engineering over three days next week on the Bathurst campus.

Engineering firms, local high schools and the wider Central West community will see and hear how the engineering profession assists national and local economic development and learn about opportunities to study engineering at CSU.

All visitors can view the first projects completed by the inaugural student group enrolled in engineering at CSU in Bathurst, which are part of the annual Engineers Without Borders challenge for university students. These projects aim to produce solutions that address engineering problems in developing countries. [See details here]

Day one (Tuesday 7 June 2016) will provide an opportunity for local engineers and their employers to address issues affecting them, including water quality, regional development, and the impact of local government restructure on the provision of engineering services to the community.

On day two, high school students will have their own work on show while teachers receive the latest information on engineering and technology for schools.

In the afternoon, visitors can also enjoy a comic debate on whether engineers would survive a 'zombie apocalypse'. The debate will take place in the environmentally sustainable CSU Engineering building, which will also be open for inspection throughout the three-day event.

During the debate, younger budding engineers will be entertained at the nearby 'creation station', with spaghetti bridges, gallery wall paintings, a magician and the magic of science.

Day three is the final demonstration of the student projects before they formally 'pitch' and exhibit their ideas in the gallery of the Engineering building.EngFest 2016 runs from 10am on Tuesday 7 June to 2pm on Thursday 9 June.

See the event program for details of activities.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews or Wes Ward, 02 6338 6084

Media Note:

For interviews with CSU Engineering staff during EngFest 2016, including course leader Professor Euan Lindsay, contact CSU Media.

To assist with catering and arrangements during the week, call CSU Engineering on (02) 6338 6300, send us an email, or see ourFacebook EngFest event for the latest schedule and event information.

Students challenged in science and engineering knowledge

Monday 29 Feb 2016

A touring event involving Charles Sturt University (CSU) scientific and engineering academics will challenge the scientific and engineering skills of around 1 000 school students across southern and central NSW in March.

The national Science and Engineering Challenge, provides fun, hands-on activities for Year 10 high school students across Australia to consider studying science, engineering and mathematics at university.

Organised in partnership with communities, Rotary clubs, universities and sponsors, four challenge days will include CSU scientists and engineers who will guide student teams in Bowral, Dubbo, Young and Wagga Wagga through a series of mathematical and scientific challenges. The day-long events highlight the importance and fun of science and engineering.

 The Science and Engineering Challenge events will be held in Young on Tuesday 1 March, Wagga Wagga on Thursday 3 March, Dubbo on Monday 7 March, and Bowral on Tuesday 8 March.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

CSU staff will be available for interviews at the Young, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo and Bowral events. Contact CSU Media or Ms Kirsten Goode from CSU Engineering to organise interviews.

CSU in Dubbo to welcome new students for O Week

Thursday 18 Feb 2016

CSU DubboCharles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo will welcome approximately 87 new undergraduate students for the start of 2016 Orientation Week (O Week) on Tuesday 23 February.

CSU Dean of Students Professor Julia Coyle said O Week is a happy and hectic time for all involved, and there is much for students to learn as they consider their new lives in higher education.

"The shift from school to university means students become adult learners," Professor Coyle said. "This transition may be difficult for parents who need to shift from strong engagement as a parent of a school student to only being involved in discussion with lecturers if their young adult gives permission.

"For the new students, it is vital that they meet the people and find the resources that will make their studies at CSU a success, while also enjoying a rewarding and eventful life, often in a new town. Students can use a wide range of services to improve their chances of success, such as the free after-hours and weekend tutors who are ready to help students in a range of matters."

The start of O Week at CSU in Dubbo is officially marked by the Commencement Ceremony at The University Cafe at 9.30am Tuesday 23 February.

This will be followed by a Market Day from 10am to 12pm in the University courtyard to promote clubs, services and businesses in Dubbo, with a welcome barbeque from 12pm.

Other O Week program activities in Dubbo include formal introductions and orientation to Faculties and School, and tips and requirements for effective and successful studying at university.

Social activities will include a mature age students 'Meet and Greet' at the University Cafe at 2pm Tuesday 23, and a Trivia Night in the cafe from 6pm to 10pm. There will also be ten pin bowling at the Dubbo Ten Pin Bowling Centre from 7pm Wednesday 24, a 'Toga Night' at the Pastoral Hotel at 8pm Thursday 25, and a 'Pool Recovery' at the Dubbo Aquatic Centre from 11am on Friday 26 February.

Returning students will commence the following week when the 2016 academic year begins on Monday 29 February.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

The 87 new undergraduate students starting at CSU in Dubbo in 2016 is an approximate number based on 'acceptances' at the time of publication and is subject to change as further late acceptances of places could see the number of new students increase.

Registered nurses wanted, now and in the future

Tuesday 2 Feb 2016

A special evening event at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo on Wednesday 10 February aims to promote the recruitment, education and professional development of nurses in the region.

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at CSU invites nurses and prospective nursing students to a free information evening to learn about what is involved in joining like-minded academics in the education of undergraduate registered nurses.

Lecturer in nursing Ms Maryanne Podham said, "We're looking for nurses who are interested to promote the profession of nursing and assist in the education of the next generation of nurses. We're also keen to advise nurses about how they can advance their own careers by undertaking postgraduate study with Charles Sturt University."

Ms Podham noted that while CSU was well-established in Dubbo for many years, many people in the region did not know that nursing was one of the main disciplines that could be studied at the University in Dubbo.

"We want to ensure that nurses from the region have long and fulfilling professional careers in the health services in western NSW," Ms Podham said. "I encourage anyone interested in nursing to attend the information evening."

The free event is from 6pm to 8pm Wednesday 10 February in Room 220 at CSU, Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to register your interest to attend please phone Ms Podham on (02) 6885 7328 or email mpdham@csu.edu.au

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Governor-General to visit CSU in Dubbo

Thursday 20 Aug 2015

CSU DubboHis Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove, will visit Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo from 10.45am to 11.45am on Friday 28 August. Their Excellencies will be welcomed by CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann, then join University staff and students for morning tea prior to a tour of the campus. Professor Vann said, "On behalf of all staff and students I look forward to welcoming the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove to Charles Sturt University in Dubbo. We are delighted that they have time in their busy schedule to visit the campus, meet students and staff, and learn about our Indigenous Education Strategy as well as the courses and graduates that are making a significant difference to the communities of regional Australia." The Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove are interested in meeting and talking with students, academics, researchers and administrative staff at CSU in Dubbo, and have indicated a particular interest in the School of Indigenous Australian Studies. Staff are invited and welcome to attend morning tea with their Excellencies at 11.05am on Friday 28 August. Please RSVP for catering purposes to mbritnell@csu.edu.au by Thursday 20 August.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Explorations: The importance of talking to strangers

Wednesday 5 Aug 2015

Kerrie PhippsAuthor and communicator Mrs Kerrie Phipps will deliver a free public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo on Tuesday 11 August discussing the importance of connecting with strangers. 'Do talk to strangers' is part of the University's Explorations Series and will be held in building 901, room 422 from 6pm to 7pm. "In our busy world of social media and speed networking, you have to wonder if we're losing the ability to relate and connect with our fellow human beings," Mrs Phipps said. "Connecting with a stranger on a plane, train or automobile can change the course of your life. In this lecture, I'll be discuss why it's important to stay connected and not be afraid to communicate with others, how to talk to strangers easily and naturally, and how to connect with anyone, anywhere." The lecture will be based on Mrs Phipps latest book Do Talk to Strangers and her discoveries internationally since it launched. This lecture will also include a Q&A session. For more information about the public lecture please visit http://news.csu.edu.au/events

Media Contact: Hannah Guilfoyle, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interview with Mrs Kerrie Phipps.

The Charles Sturt University 'Explorations' Series is part of the Community-University Partnership (CUP) program and aims to engage our rural and regional communities in discussion and debate about major issues facing our regions, the nation and the world. The Explorations Series includes public lectures, workshops, panels and conferences.

'Do talk to strangers' will be held at CSU in Dubbo, building 901, room 422 from 6pm to 7pm on Tuesday 11 August.

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