Briesha Dunmall

Bachelor of Nursingstudent

“My sister suffers from a life threatening illness and growing up I was always in awe of the nursing staff who cared for her. I loved biology and psychology and knew I wanted to do something health-related, so originally enrolled in Emergency Health at Monash. As orientation approached, I was unsure about my decision and swapped into the Bachelor of Nursing. After my first nursing placement I knew I’d found my true passion.

Clinical placement really allowed me to develop my practical skills and consolidate my learning. I was lucky enough to do a one month placement at Frankston Emergency Department. This was one of my ‘lightbulb moments’, as I discovered how well I work under pressure.

"After my first nursing placement I knew I’d found my true passion."

At Monash, I was fortunate enough to find an amazing group of such likeminded people, in my peers and teachers, which made my classes so enjoyable. I was also Deputy President of MONSU Peninsula, where I organised events and activities to enhance student life on campus. It’s an amazing feeling to make a difference to future students.

" At Monash, I was fortunate enough to find an amazing group of such likeminded people, in my peers and teachers,
which made my classes so enjoyable."

I'm now completing my graduate year at Frankston Hospital. This means I complete three 4 month rotations in different wards. I love the fast-paced work and thanks I get from my patients for completing the small things that make them smile. The skills I gained throughout my degree are used on a daily basis. My attitude towards patient-centred care is something that I pride myself on, which is a major focus at Monash.

There are so many different paths that you can take with nursing! I’d love to go back and do further study to become a critical care nurse, as I have so much respect for them . I'd also love to educate future nurses and see them grow.”