We are an iconic provider of hospital-based healthcare, striving to deliver an exceptional standard of care
We comprise several hospitals, health centres, a nationally accredited education provider and a world-class research institute
We are a nationally accredited, hospital-based Registered Training Organisation - the only one of its kind in Queensland
We are part of a collaborative research institute with The University of Queensland and founding partner of the Translational Research Institute
Health . Education . Research . Foundation
As a self-described “jack of all trades", Darlene spent over 30 years working in accounting, administration, pathology and even patchwork and quilting. Despite her many and varied jobs, the ever-generous and compassionate Darlene says she’s dreamt about becoming a nurse since she was just 17.
“I’ve always been told I have high empathy and give too much of myself, so nursing is perfect for me.”
“I was nervous about studying an official qualification, as I’d never done it before. My daughter encouraged me, as she is doing a Master’s degree, so we study together every night. It’s great to have a support system at home.”
Choosing where to study played a big part in her decision to pursue nursing after considering it for so many years.
“I chose to study my Diploma of Nursing at Mater Education because of the facilities and support.”
“As a mature age student, support from educators was really important to me. I had heard feedback from students who had started studying elsewhere, and moved to Mater Education because of the wonderful support from the faculty.”
“The diversity of the cohort has been wonderful–there’s a great mix of younger students and mature age students, and we all bring different life experience and ways of problem solving.”
For Darlene, her passion for nursing all come down to wanting to make patients feel supported in some of life’s hardest times.
“Knowing what I know now from life experience, I’ve really picked up where care is missing. That’s my motivation to study hard and experience everything I can to be the best nurse possible and provide the care that people deserve.”
Whether or not the change was worth the wait after all these years, Darlene has encouraging advice.
“Just do it. You are never too old and you won’t regret it. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done!”
To learn more about Mater Educations HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing, visit matereducation.qld.edu.au/Start-your-career/Diploma-of-Nursing. Applications for our January 2020 intake close on Friday 8 November.
07 3163 1524
07 3163 6142
The Annual Mater Research Awards and Young Investigator Symposium has been held in Brisbane this week recognising the significant contribution of seasoned and ...
A keen interest in improving the quality of blood management in the acute healthcare setting at Mater has won Alana Delaforce the Young Investigator Award at the ...
Some of the smallest people at Mater are learning how to make a big impact on the environment through a unique hands on learning program.
A new drug, yet to be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, is giving a small group of chronic Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients at Mater a second chance at life.