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By providing a range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships, Resthaven Incorporated is helping to prepare a new generation of nursing staff.
To recognise its 75th anniversary, the organisation funded 10 scholarships between 2011 and 2014 for full-time nursing students—the first for the University's Discipline of Nursing program.
A not-for-profit aged care community service of the Uniting Church, Resthaven has 10 residential and 20 community care and other associated facilities throughout South Australia.
According to Wendy Morey, Executive Manager Workforce Development, Resthaven is committed to providing the best care and service possible to residents, clients and carers.
"To do this, we need a capable and caring workforce." she says. "By providing scholarships for undergraduate nursing students, we are investing in the future of nursing. We recognise the important role nurses play in ensuring quality outcomes."
The nursing scholarships are an important part of the ongoing relationship between the University of Adelaide and Resthaven, which also includes student placements and joint research initiatives.
Final-year undergraduate nursing student Barnaby Corfe is one of the scholarship recipients.
After working in the hospitality industry for nearly 10 years and teaching English in Japan for another two, he returned to Australia in 2011 to begin his nursing studies.
Earlier this year, he received the sole Resthaven scholarship available to third-year students.
"The scholarship means I can put everything into nursing and that I don't have to work on weekends just to get by," he said.
"I really enjoy working with older people—it's different to a hospital where often you don't have the time to talk to patients and you're not seeing them at their best.
"Here at Resthaven, I get to spend more time talking to the residents and getting to know them. For me, it's a more holistic way of helping people and I'm grateful that the scholarship gives me the opportunity to pursue this."
story by Ben Osborne
Barnaby Corfe with Resthaven Malvern resident, Jo Posa
Photo by Ben Osborne