Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Appeals Decide Graduation Fate; Nursing Students Face Uncertain Future

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Appeals Decide Graduation Fate; Nursing Students Face Uncertain Future

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Byline: Chloe Lyons chloe.lyons@capnews.com.au

NURSING students at CQUniversity risk losing thousands of dollars and their hard-earned grades after administrative issues allegedly prevented them from completing industry placements.

In an email to The Morning Bulletin, a Diploma of Nursing student (who requested to remain anonymous) detailed the impossible hoops they were required to jump through to be accepted into placements to pass the semester's subjects.

Instead of looking forward to their December graduation, about 10 students are now facing an uncertain future that could leave their $15,000 diploma useless.

The student claimed the cohort received an email in early March outlining

mandatory checks required before undertaking placement which were to be uploaded to the website Sonia within 27 days.

Sonia is the university's online placement system, which was introduced in 2015 and allows students to submit their mandatory checks and manage their placement.

A blue card was one of the requirements, but an alleged backlog of seven weeks made the task impossible for students.

They also needed to obtain a Federal Police Check, with an alleged four-week backlog, despite only needing a lower-level police check for previous placements.

Despite students sending numerous emails to try and rectify the situation, there are claims a large number have never received replies.

In an email sighted by The Morning Bulletin from an industry placement co-ordinator within the School of Nursing sent on May 5, students were told because the mandatory checks weren't completed in the required time, they would be marked "not competent" for courses they had already passed in the previous 12 months.

At the bottom of the email, students were told they could appeal the decision within 20 days.

The only other option for the students was to reapply for the semester's units which cost upwards of $7000. …

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