VFA’s head of nursing and health Charisse Spence with her student Ebony Young.

Future looks bright for Geelong nursing student

November 28, 2019 BY

A VICTORIAN Fitness Academy student from Geelong has won a state nursing award for her efforts in understanding ethical and professional nursing practice.

Mount Duneed’s Ebony Young scored this year’s Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) award for Victoria, which will be officially presented at ANMF’s annual general meeting next month in Melbourne.

The 21-year-old, who was nominated by head of nursing and health at VFA Learning Charisse Spence, said she was humbled to have been recognised for her strengths in the field.

“I’m very grateful that VFA Learning identified that I was a suitable candidate for this prestigious award. I feel that all of my hard work over the past year has paid off, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds,” she said.

“I’ve enjoyed studying at VFA Learning because of their great support network. I’ve made some lifelong friendships, which has made class and lab time more enjoyable. The trainers are also a standout for me, offering great support and advice whenever I needed it.”

Ms Young said she hoped to study at Deakin University to become a registered nurse upon graduating from VFA Learning next year. She also intends to work in rural areas as well as oncology or palliative care.

Ms Spence said Ms Young’s caring nature and commitment to nursing practice was to be lauded.

“Ebony has demonstrated consistent excellence in nursing practice throughout the course. We have found her to be caring, thoughtful, and understanding.

“Her assessment tasks have all been completed to a high standard, and in the simulation lab for her practical assessments, Ebony was always well prepared.”