Bachelor of Nursing
Laveena Sharma will bring to her nursing career a rich and varied education and work background. Before pursuing nursing, she completed a PhD in immunology at Monash and also explored a career in childcare.
“After having my son I decided to have a career change in children services.” She completed a Diploma of Children’s Services and spent a rewarding time working as a childcare educator in Kingston City Council Children hub.
“While I enjoyed childcare, I felt I need to contribute more,” Laveena explains, prompting her decision to pursue a career change and undertake a Bachelor of Nursing at Monash. Nursing not only drew on Laveena’s proven medical and scientific knowledge, it tapped into her desire to make a positive difference to the lives of others.
"I felt I was able to make a positive difference in the life of
patients I looked after."
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the clinical placements – I felt I was able to make a positive difference in the life of patients I looked after. I realised that sometimes all you need to do is listen to make a difference.”
Laveena’s commitment and professionalism were recognised with two Faculty prizes – Year Two Bachelor of Nursing Jill French Clinical Excellence Prize and Year Two St John of God Health Care Bachelor of Nursing Prize.
The Monash Health Undergraduate Fellowship Program enabled Laveena to undertake all her clinical placements through the Monash Health network – Victoria’s largest public health service. “All the placements have been positive experiences. My experience in Vascular/Surgical ward at Dandenong Hospital, in particular, helped me gain and consolidate my technical and core nursing skills.”
With her background in early children’s services, Laveena hopes to eventually combine her interests and pursue a paediatric nursing career.