Fresh face: Logan Muddle latest recipient of Aboriginal Nursing Cadetship

30 Oct 2015

Nursing student Logan Muddle got her first taste of life on the ward in late October as she readied to start her cadetship at Westmead Hospital.

Logan Muddle

The 20-year-old is this year’s recipient of the coveted Aboriginal Nursing cadetship, which offers an indigenous student the chance to work and train within the hospital.

Logan, who is entering her second year of study at the University of Western Sydney’s Campbelltown campus, is the first member of her family to go to university.

She visited the hospital’s geriatric rehabilitation ward on October 28, where she will be based for her cadetship.

Logan’s training kicks off on November 16 – she will work full-time during her study break before returning to the hospital at the end of her second and third years.

Nurse educator Kim Da Silva said the cadetship aimed to provide a good foundation of basic care.

“Logan will be given a mentor and a clinical buddy to help her with her training,” she said.

“She will also be able to access tutoring through the hospital as we really want to support her to complete her studies.”

With the hospital’s encouragement, Logan also successfully applied for a scholarship to attend the 2015 Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives annual conference in Darwin.

The cadetship program is a partnership between the Western Sydney Local Health District, the NSW Ministry of Health, the Centre for Aboriginal Health and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

It aims to increase the number of Aboriginal nurses, midwives and professionals in the NSW Public Health sector.