After working for several years as a chef, Stephen decided to make the move into the healthcare industry.
“My wife recommended I go into healthcare,” he said. “She said I was a naturally caring person.”
It was then that Stephen made the move from the kitchen back into the classroom, undertaking a Personal Care Assistant course. As he had previously completed his Chef’s training with Bendigo TAFE, he knew it was the right place for him to support a career move.
Stephen worked as a Personal Care Assistant for several years before deciding to undertake a Diploma of Nursing, again choosing Bendigo TAFE as his place of study.
“I always felt like I could do more for people, and I also started to find the processes of the body really interesting,” he said. “A lot of that was out of scope for me as a Personal Care Assistant and that’s when I decided to look into a Diploma of Nursing.
“I realised the more I learnt, the more I wanted to learn.”
“Now that I’ve built this foundation of knowledge as an enrolled nurse, it’s definitely going to make the Bachelor a lot easier,” he said.
“Bendigo TAFE has definitely helped me to grow within myself, (to) be the nurse that cares about what they’re doing, (and to) be the nurse that assesses their patient properly. The sky’s the limit.”