Starting out as a part-time student, Megan then switched to full-time external studies so that she could juggle her part-time work as well as parenting commitments.
“Although I live in Townsville, I like having the flexibility to study at home and being able to pick and choose my study time. Being an external student also allows me to be available for my son’s school runs and after school activities, which is really important to me.”
According to Megan, the online platform for JCU’s nursing external studies has been both engaging and easy to use, and when combined with on-campus learning workshops and clinics, makes for a productive learning experience.
“The online learning resources are clearly organised and have some great videos. We also get to regularly interact and chat with our tutors, so much so that it almost feels like you’re chatting to a friend. Plus, I get to study in my pyjamas!”
“At the end of each semester we do an intensive on-campus series of practical workshops which is called Residential Week, with external students coming in from all over Australia. There is just so much excitement when you do these because you finally get to see in person the people you have been chatting to online and meet your tutors and lecturers face-to-face. There’s also a lot of social events like dinners that happen while we are all there.
“The hands-on activities in the simulation hospital clinic are a great way to reinforce what you have been learning. It’s quite realistic, the mannequin patients all have names and we treat them like a real person, respecting their privacy by making sure their gowns are in the right place, for example.”