Charles Sturt University has further cemented its place on the Mid North Coast after officially confirming more than 60 nursing students will commence studies in Port Macquarie in March 2020.
University staff, healthcare stakeholders and special guests celebrated the commencement of the Bachelor of Nursing in Port Macquarie at the campus's new teaching space on November 28.
The university will welcome its first cohort of nursing students in the new year and already has plans to expand student numbers in the future, including the addition of an international student cohort.
Executive dean of the Faculty of Science Professor Megan Smith said the expansion of the course to Port Macquarie was just the latest undertaking from the University to ensure it was producing industry-leading nursing graduates.
"The course offered by Charles Sturt University has provided a world-class standard of teaching for nursing students," Professor Smith said.
"The students who have enrolled in this course in 2020 and in subsequent years will become a part of the University's strong and proud nursing tradition, providing essential and impactful services to our communities on the Mid North Coast and beyond."
The purpose-built nursing teaching facility is part of the campus's $61 million Stage Two upgrade co-funded by the university and the NSW Government.
The new facility includes a purpose-built suite is comprised of an eight-bed simulation area with both hospital and home environments replicated, technologically advanced simulation aids where students learn and practice the motor skills required for patient care, as well as debriefing and tutorial areas.
There are also cameras throughout the new facility to ensure students can watch back different scenarios at a later date or watch while their peers work.
Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said the state government was thrilled to play a part in improving higher education facilities in regional New South Wales.
"Today is such a significant milestone for the university and for the wider community," Mrs Williams said.
"It is fantastic to see the growth of this campus, and to know these enhancements will improve so many lives, directly and indirectly.
"This course will open the door to a meaningful career for lots of students who otherwise may have been denied that opportunity, and they in turn will go on to serve the needs of the community by providing care and medical expertise when and where it's most needed."
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