Rebecca Schwerdfeger

Bachelor of Nursingstudent

Monash’s Peninsula campus has quickly become a home away from home for nursing student Rebecca Schwerdfeger.

After being a stay-at-home mum, Bec was looking to return to study for a career change. Having previously worked as an osteopath, Bec was passionate about healthcare and wanted to move into the public health sector. “I felt that a Bachelor of Nursing was the best way to initiate my public health career.” Her first choice was Monash Peninsula – based on its reputation for nursing excellence and the close location of the campus enabling her to balance study with family commitments.

Bec has embraced the opportunity to become part of the nursing and allied health community at Monash Peninsula. A highlight so far has been getting to learn from academics with hands-on nursing experience, and making new friends with fellow students from diverse backgrounds. She’s also a student representative and plays an active role in improving the experience of Bachelor of Nursing students at the Peninsula campus.

“Every time I speak to a nurse or attend placement I think that’s so interesting, maybe I could do that”

Through placements, Bec’s already been exposed to a range of clinical environments, including rehabilitation and mental health units, which have given her great insights into potential nursing careers and a chance to put her clinical, communication and teamwork skills into practice. “Every time I speak to a nurse or attend placement I think “that’s so interesting, maybe I could do that”, she enthuses. “My previous work as an osteopath was very rewarding but quite limited in terms of career options, so I’m excited to start a career in nursing that offers such a variety of opportunities.”