Ana Fried

Master of Nursing Practicestudent

“I was born in Ecuador and lived there until I was 17. After graduating from my first degree in biomedical science, I taught English in China and volunteered in Ghana facilitating health programs at the community level. Since then I’ve completed a Master of Public Health and worked in South Sudan, Ecuador, the US, and Togo in youth sexual health.

"I became passionate about a career where I could directly help people, be professionally and intellectually stimulated, while being physically active."

After working with nurses in different contexts and organisations, I became passionate about a career where I could directly help people, be professionally and intellectually stimulated, while being physically active.  I chose the Master of Nursing Practice at Monash because I wanted to become a nurse as quickly possible.  As Monash is internationally recognised for nursing excellence and ranked 12th in the world, I’m confident of my future employability as a registered nurse.

The intense learning curve has by far been the most rewarding aspect of my degree. I’ve never experienced a period of time where I learned more and have been able to apply new skills so quickly. I’ve been very impressed with the teaching methodology of our lecturers. It is inspiring to be guided by people who are so passionate about the profession.  So far I’ve completed placements in cardiothoracic and trauma wards at The Alfred. The opportunity to consolidate theoretical learning with an integrated placement has been invaluable.

"I’ve never experienced a period of time where I learned more and
have been able to apply new skills so quickly."

I still feel very passionate about working with vulnerable populations in the area of sexual and reproductive health. Considering the refugee population in Melbourne, I would love to work as a community health nurse with vulnerable women and youth. This course has taught me that the possibilities of the nursing profession are varied so I’m now also excited about other paths, such as continuing in an acute ward such as trauma, where I really enjoyed the intensity of the work.”