Master of Applied Management (Nursing)
Erin is a Clinical Lead for Calvary Retirement Communities within the Hunter Region. She completed a Bachelor of Nursing and a Master of Applied Management (Nursing) at the University of Newcastle and will be speaking at the upcoming Postgrad Info SessionSee our handpicked guides to Newcastle
BY ALICIA POOLE
As part of the University of Newcastle’s upcoming Postgrad Info Session at the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) on 21 November, we sat down for a chat with recent Master of Applied Management (Nursing) graduate, Erin Ruprecht, to learn about the benefits of taking on postgraduate education.
What did you study as an undergraduate student?
“I did my Bachelor of Nursing. I did that full-time. I started in 2009. I had to take one semester off because I fell pregnant. I took six months off to have her, and then I was straight back into it. I was working full-time. Every day I wasn’t at uni, I was at work. I was working as an assistant in nursing then.”
Did you head straight into postgraduate study?
“Not quite. I had about a year off. I was already working in management, so I decided I wanted some further qualifications. I enrolled in my Master of Applied Management (Nursing) and did that full-time without any time off. That’s also why I went with the University of Newcastle because they were so flexible and allowed me to study from home a lot more. I could listen to my lectures when I had time to do it. Overall, it was a really good choice.”
What else drew you to study at the University of Newcastle?
“It’s one of the top Universities in the world, and I found that all of my tutors were really very helpful. I always think that the tutors are more responsive if you’re willing to put the effort in to ask. They’re not going to come to you and say, ‘how are you going with that?’, but if you’re going to say, ‘I’m really struggling with this question’, then they’re more than happy to elaborate and help you out if you’re showing the initiative to do so.”
What are the best parts of studying in the Newcastle area?
“The flexibility and opportunities. If you can’t actually make it to a lecture, you can listen back to it later.”
How did you navigate fitting in study around work and other commitments?
“The social life does have to take a little bit of a back seat. But I think it certainly is very helpful with some of the things they [UON] do, that you’re not on a strict time schedule. The working and the studying part were fairly easy to juggle, because of those reasons.”
How has your postgraduate qualification from the University of Newcastle helped you in your career?
“Almost immediately when I finished my postgrad studies, I moved up three management levels from where I was in my current job. It absolutely has moved my career forward. I’ve also enrolled to be a mentor for (the University’s) iLEAD program. So, that’s important also for our business, because I work in aged care and it’s hard to attract registered nurses into aged care, because it’s not a very glamorous job. People are always wanting to work in emergency care, but I’m hoping that some of the really motivated people that are coming through the iLEAD program will be interested in also coming into aged care.”
Tell me a bit about the iLEAD program…
“The iLEAD program is a mentoring program, there are mentors and mentees. It’s a self-enrolled program for people at the University (of Newcastle) who want to have mentoring from people who are already established in their careers. I volunteer my time, and the students also go of their own accord. We just organise to meet up and they set goals. I, as the mentor, help them work through their own personal goals.”
What can people expect to hear you talk about at the Postgrad Info Session?
“They can expect to hear me talking about juggling commitments, which is why I also enrolled for the iLEAD program. Most of my friends have said to me, ‘I don’t know how you’ve managed to juggle so much stuff,’ and so I think most people think it’s going to be really hard. It’s not as hard as you think it’s going to be, and you can manage it. It is possible. If you’ve got the right support network, then there are lots of things you can do.”
Who do you think would most benefit from coming to the University of Newcastle’s Postgrad Info Session?
“I think people who are in the same or similar position to me. I imagine there is also a lot of young women thinking they’d like to have a family and progress their career or their learnings all at the same time. Even young men that might think ‘how I can help my wife, my girlfriend or my partner?’”
If you’re interested in learning more about postgraduate study at the University of Newcastle, catch Erin and other alumni and staff at the Postgrad Info Session.
When: 21 November, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
More info: Click here