MITCHELL Burn has already been able to have a significant taste of what life as a nurse is like.
Mr Burn is a student nurse currently undertaking his Bachelor of Nursing and is completing part of his work placement at Leeton District Hospital.
Already an enrolled nurse, the university degree will allow him to become a registered nurse and further his career.
"I sort of fell into it to start with ... my mum is an enrolled nurse and I got a wardsman position at the local hospital in Grenfell," Mr Burn said.
"So I started with my certificate three to become an assistant in nursing, then my diploma to be an EN and now I'm doing my bachelor degree.
"When I left school I was actually an apprentice chef for the first eight months and then I changed my mind."
Having already been able to gain a significant amount of experience as a nurse before starting the university degree, Mr Burn said there was still plenty more to learn.
He said being at Leeton's hospital was already a great learning curve for him.
Mr Burn is currently juggling his studies while still working as an EN, but it's a challenge he said he was up to.
Upon his graduation in two years time he wants to stay working as a nurse in a regional area.
"I like the wide range of people you see and the various conditions you come across," Mr Burn said.
"Coming from a small regional hospital, I've got a pretty good understanding of the aged care sector and that's been a lot of my background.
"I'm planning on staying rural. We always need more rural nurses."
Mr Burn said attracting more young people to nursing would require putting the career out there more to students while at school. He would also like to see more young males like himself consider the career.
"I guess there's probably a bit of stigma out there that it's a job more for women, but that's definitely not the case," Mr Burn said.
"Also, you're not made to feel like that when you're actually working either. You're part of a team."
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