Bertram resident Kim Edney has won Challenger Institute of Technology’s Aboriginal Student of the Year Award.
Kim (35) received the award at Challenger Institute’s Student Awards Ceremony in Fremantle on 9 April.
The ceremony recognised the achievements of more than 70 students from across the institute, as well as five major award winners in the categories Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year, VET in Schools Student of the Year and Aboriginal Student of the Year.
As part of the Diploma of Nursing, Kim completed a Challenger Institute work placement at Hollywood Private Hospital in Nedlands, where she is now enrolled in a six-month graduate nursing program.
Kim said she had a strong desire to help the community and her ambition was to further her studies at university and specialise in rehabilitation nursing.
“So far, I have worked in aged care, mental health, medical and surgical nursing, and through this experience I have narrowed down my chosen specialty in nursing,” Kim said. No stranger to study and hard work, Kim has gained a comprehensive list of qualifications.
“I have completed four youth and community service work certificates, an information technology qualification, a health science certificate and last year I completed the Diploma of Nursing,” Kim said.
“Putting past studies and in-class theory into practice in the workplace has been such a great process to work through.
“Simulation classes were another part of my learning that I thoroughly enjoyed. During these practical sessions we were taught how to use correct techniques while administering care to a patient in a real-life hospital environment.”
Nursing lecturer Carole Little said Kim had shown a real commitment to her studies and was most deserving of the award.
“Kim is a quiet achiever who has a true passion and enthusiasm for nursing,” Carole said.
The Challenger Institute of Technology 2013 Aboriginal Student of the Year Award was proudly sponsored by the Rotary Club of Rockingham.
PHOTO CAPTION: Challenger Institute’s 2013 Aboriginal Student of the Year Kim Edney.