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Newcastle nursing students the most skilled in Australia

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The future of nursing is in safe hands in the Hunter, with two TAFE NSW Newcastle students winning medals at the WorldSkills Australia 2023 National Championships at the weekend.

The pair, Neave O’Reilly and Katerina McNally, took home a gold and bronze after competing in the Health and Social Care category of Australia’s largest skills competition.

Hosted at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, this was the first time health care has been included in the three-day competition.

For TAFE NSW Diploma of Nursing student Naeve, winning gold and being recognised as one of the best emerging heath care practitioners in Australia was an honour.

“I was certain I was not going to achieve the gold so when I did win, I was in absolute shock,” she said.

“It felt very surreal to go and collect the medal alongside the other winners on stage. 

“I feel much more confident in myself after the competition.”

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Nursing students Naeve O’Reilly and Katerina McNally at the Worldskills Australia 2023 National Championships.

Neave’s TAFE NSW classmate, Katerina McNally, took the bronze medal in the same category.

“The competition was tough as we were tested on skills we don’t necessarily use every day.

“I really had to trust my gut and just go for it. 

“When they called my name for the bronze medal, it was a surreal feeling.

“I’m so stoked to have represented the Hunter at the national level – and to have beaten Queensland.”

Neave is now eligible for consideration for the Australian Skillaroos team, which will compete alongside the world’s best at the WorldSkills International Competition finals in France in 2024. 

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