Nurse win sums it up
Apr 11, 2013
Nurse and mother-of-two Rebecca Godin has won Challenger Institute of Technology's Vocational Student of the Year Award.
Rebecca was presented with the award at Challenger Institute's Student Awards Ceremony in Fremantle on 10 April.
The ceremony recognised the achievements of more than 70 students from across the institute, as well as five major award winners in the categories Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Aboriginal Student of the Year, VET in Schools Student of the Year and Vocational Student of the Year.
Prior to completing a Diploma of Nursing at Challenger, Rebecca (38) ran her own busy accountancy practice but decided to return to study to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse.
"When I was younger and asked what I wanted to do when I grew up I would always answer 'I want to be a nurse and own my own hospital called Saint Rebecca's'", she said.
"Nursing is something I knew I was destined to do for most of my life, it has just taken me a while to get there.
"On leaving high school I slipped into a career in accounting but all that time I knew that I was supposed to be a nurse.
"I am not sure exactly where the desire came from, but I do know that I love working with and helping people. There is no doubt in my mind that the vocation of nursing is my true destiny."
Challenger Institute nursing lecturer Julie Ogle said Rebecca had shown positivity, determination and a real commitment to her studies.
"Rebecca is an outstanding student," Julie said. "Her assignment work in particular has been of the highest quality; well researched and professionally presented.
"Rebecca has received excellent feedback from all of her clinical practicum placements resulting in her being offered an impressive three graduate programs at the conclusion of her studies."
Now working at Hollywood Private Hospital, Rebecca plans to complete a graduate nursing program specialising in both general (surgical) and mental health nursing.
"I have a genuine interest in mental health nursing, as I believe mental health issues are a huge problem in our society," she said.
"Conversely, I am also passionate about palliative care nursing as I consider supporting patients (and their families) through their final days an honour and privilege."
The 2012 Vocational Student of the Year Award was proudly sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Fremantle and Applecross.
Rebecca Godin (far right) with the other Challenger Institute of Technology category winners