Nurses whose registration has lapsed can now take a ten week course to re-enter the field.
LaTrobe University Rural Health School dean Jane Mills said the nursing industry was under immense pressure during the pandemic and the new course was the only re-entry course endorsed by APHRA and the only short course in Australia.
Mount Beauty's Narelle Williams, who was forced to leave nursing in 2013 due to ill health, is a student of the new course.
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"I was told I would never be able to walk again, let alone work again," she said.
"After a lot of hard work, I have been deemed fit to re-enter the workforce. Coming back to nursing was an easy decision. I always loved my job and being there to help people at their most vulnerable gives me a sense of purpose.
"If I can come back to nursing and impact just one person's life in the way that my life has been impacted, I'll consider everything I've been through worth it."
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