Emma keen to follow family's path
THE Bremer Institute of TAFE student Emma Trigg is following in her parents' footsteps by studying nursing.
Ms Trigg knows better than most what it takes to be a nurse, as her parents have a combined legacy of 80 years in the health care industry.
Last year the 25-year-old woman decided to continue her parents' legacy by beginning a Diploma of Nursing at The Bremer Institute of TAFE.
She is now in the final semester of the course.
Ms Trigg said each of her parents had worked as nurses in Queensland for more than 40 years.
She said seeing her parents work in the industry made her realise it was a great way of helping people.
"I've always wanted to aid the community in any career I undertook," Ms Trigg said.
"I've worked with people with a disability and homeless people before, but becoming a nurse was the most worthwhile way I could help those less fortunate in the community."
Ms Trigg said it was mainly her father who inspired her to study nursing at the Bremer TAFE.
"My father has been a nurse for more than 40 years and it was he who initially encouraged me to undertake my diploma," she said.
"In his experience he found nurses who took a TAFE course were very well prepared when they entered the workforce."
Ms Trigg said she especially enjoyed studying in The Bremer TAFE's new million-dollar hospital simulation room at the Bundamba campus.
Nursing teacher Jenny Goldsmith said the 10-bed room imitated a hospital ward and gave students invaluable practical experience.
"The room has LCD monitors, electronic heart monitors and a fully-functional treatment area," Ms Goldsmith said.
"It enables students to practise theory learned in the classroom before undertaking placements in hospitals and nursing homes.
"Students love putting what they have learnt into practice and they gain the competence to excel in real-world scenarios."
Ms Trigg will graduate from the 18-month course this year, making her eligible to enrol as a nurse.