Aspirational nurse finds inspiration at Notre Dame

14 May 2015

By Mat De Sousa

Tanisha Tigulu hopes to make a difference to the lives of others through studying the HLT51612 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled / Division 2 nursing) course at Notre Dame’s Broome Campus. PHOTO: UNDA

Making a difference to the lives of those people one comes into contact with on a daily basis is the inspiration for student Tanisha Tigulu to continue her Nursing studies at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus.

Commencing the HLT21212 Certificate II in Health Support Services whilst a secondary school student, Tanisha’s confidence in the subject matter and personal drive to enter the health vocation has led her to enrol in the HLT51612 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing).

Tanisha says the basic nursing theory taught during the Certificate program, along with ongoing academic support, has prepared her for her Diploma studies in Nursing at Notre Dame, and provided her with the inspiration to continue her Nursing studies.

“I decided to study Nursing at Notre Dame’s Broome Campus because I was familiar with the excellent surrounds and the university has a great learning environment,” Tanisha said.

“Notre Dame staff are always ready to help whenever or wherever they can. Any problems or queries students have are met with positive solutions. I know this from my past experiences in the Certificate programs, which has flowed on into my current Diploma of Nursing course.

“There are many things I find fascinating about possibly working in health care in regional Western Australia. The primary reason is to help others. I am excited at the thought of being able to deliver quality health outcomes to people in my community and abroad.”

The Broome Campus offers a number of pathway courses in Nursing, including the HLT21212 Certificate II in Health Support Services and the HLT32512 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance offered to students in Years 10, 11 and 12, and the 18-month HLT51612 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing).

Students from Broome, Fitzroy Crossing, Kununurra and Derby have successfully completed these pathway courses through on-campus learning and in real-time via Blackboard Collaborate (a web-based classroom) and the specially designed authentic eLearning tool – The Maryanne Martin Virtual Hospital.

The Broome Campus has also recently launched the innovative Tertiary Pathway Program (TPP) to provide students who do not meet the minimum entry requirements for university study with the confidence, skills and knowledge to begin an undergraduate degree. The TPP is a tuition-free course for all Australian citizens.

Sally Clark, Assistant Dean of the School of Nursing & Midwifery, says the learning experiences offered in the pathway programs on the Broome Campus provide students with an ideal knowledge framework to enter into undergraduate studies.

“Nursing, whilst it can be challenging, is a personally and professionally rewarding career with a wide variety of areas to suit just about every student. The pathway programs delivered on the Broome Campus provide students with real-world learning experiences that stay with them throughout their careers.”

To enquire further about courses on The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus, please visit