Janine Howe

studentBachelor of Nursing

Janine Howe is finally fulfilling her life-long dream of becoming a nurse.

While raising her children, London-born Janine worked as a breastfeeding counsellor and later a pathology collector. It was here that a love of hospital rounds and home visits encouraged her to take the plunge and start her nursing studies at Monash. Despite living in regional Victoria, she had her heart set on studying at Clayton. “I wanted to experience real, diverse university life as much as I could. Monash has a wonderful reputation in Nursing and I wanted to receive the best training available to become an excellent nurse.”

Janine has quickly embraced uni life and especially enjoyed putting her new knowledge into practice in the Clinical Learning Environment, commenting “I’ve found these classes the most rewarding and relevant for my future as a nurse.” Her hard work was recently acknowledged at a Student Awards Ceremony, where Janine was awarded the Year Two Bachelor of Nursing Prize for her academic achievements.

"Monash has a wonderful reputation in Nursing
and I wanted to receive the best training available to become an excellent nurse.”

Clinical placements have been another highlight for Janine. She’s already had the opportunity to gain develop important clinical skills at Dandenong Hospital and learn from experienced nurses. “I realised that real-life nursing is extremely busy and had to develop my multitasking skills. I loved being able to spend time with patients, talking to them and caring for them.”  Her most rewarding placement so far has been at Thomas Embling Hospital, a forensic mental health hospital treating patients from the criminal justice system. “It completely transformed my opinion of mental health nursing” Janine reflects, “I’m delighted I was able to gain some experience and a great deal of respect for nurses who choose this career path”.

After finishing her degree, Janine is looking forward to starting her career as a nurse. She hopes to volunteer overseas with organisations like Mercy Ships Australia or Médicins Sans Frontiers and “use my nursing skills to help bring healthcare to people in underdeveloped and war-torn countries”. Her studies have also unearthed a passion for teaching, so she may be back to help educate the next generation of Monash nurses.