Jack Burns

Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Emergency Healthstudent

I chose to study at Monash University because I loved the culture of the Peninsula campus, and its closeness to nature. Monash offered lots of placement hours in a variety of clinical settings, combined with the interactive laboratories set up as actual hospital wards on campus. These features appealed to me because I wanted a hands-on degree, not one where I was just stuck in a lecture theatre.

"I wanted a hands-on degree, not one where I was just stuck in a lecture theatre."

I’m currently being sponsored by the Australian Defence Force and will eventually be employed with them. Before then I hope to undertake a graduate year with a major metropolitan hospital to consolidate my practice.

During my third and fourth year I have been a part of the Near Peer Teaching program. As a Near Peer teacher, I offer extra help and guidance to first-year students in their clinical sessions. As someone who has recently been at the same level as these students, I’m there to answer questions and give advice. Being a part of the program has given me extra confidence and developed my communication skills. I would love to go down the education pathway once I’ve started working as a nurse.

"Being a part of the Near Peer Teaching program has given me extra confidence and developed my communication skills."