Transition to University: bridging Nursing and Midwifery 2020

A unique collaboration between staff from the Peninsula campus library and the Nursing and Midwifery faculty has resulted in a successful program to facilitate transition to university predominantly for students entering directly into the second year of study.

The week-long program hosted fourteen direct entry and first year students earlier this year, and covered academic and nursing skills preparing them for their Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor Of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery (Hons) courses.

Students were introduced to essential academic skills, including web searching, reading, note making and synthesis, as well as transition tips including time management and mindfulness. Nursing academics explored concepts of pathophysiology, physical assessment, pharmacology and nursing management to refresh and extend student knowledge and skills that align with expectations for direct entry into a second year program.

Two Monash Nursing and Midwifery peer mentors attended each day to support students and staff, answer questions regarding university expectations and provide an overall student view of university life.  The transitioning students prepared a poster on a nursing research topic using the skills they learned during the program and presented this on the final day of the program. One of the students commented,

“The Transition to University program has equipped me with additional tools that I will be able to use throughout my course. It has given me an incredible boost and I feel confident that I have the resources I require to complete the course successfully. I have gained a great deal of knowledge and insight in relation to where I can go if I feel that I am struggling.”

The Transition to University program has been running at Peninsula campus since 2012 and has contributed to the student experience by providing a holistic program of skill building and support to ease the transition into university life.