Passion for optimal health for first peoples drives aspiring nurse

Gningla Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing at Notre Dame’s
December Graduation Ceremonies on the Fremantle Campus.

17 December 2015

Gningla Taylor is passionate about closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health in her community and with first peoples across the world. Through fulfilling clinical placements at The University of Notre Dame Australia, she has been able to realise this dream.

Ms Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from the University’s Fremantle Campus on Thursday 10 December 2015. She joined more than 1000 graduates on stage who farewelled Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus during the December Graduation Mass and Ceremonies, in front of family, friends and members of the University community.

A Wadjuk Nyungar woman, Ms Taylor’s love of nursing stems from her passion of working with people. With a dose of encouragement from those close by and a pinch of self-love, Ms Taylor says everyone can accomplish significant things.

“I’m passionate about rural and community health, and being a proud Aboriginal woman, delivering positive health outcomes to my people is important to me,” Ms Taylor said.

“The clinical placements available to Notre Dame students were something I looked at before enrolling at the University. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to undertake a clinical placement with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Kalgoorlie. It was amazing to be surrounded by health professionals of such a high standard and my fellow Aboriginal people.

“I’m a practical learner and as I’ve gone through this degree, I found that nursing is a theoretical as well as a practical course. You need to be able to talk to people and have the ability to show compassion through your actions and words. I feel like my competency in these areas has improved markedly through the clinical placements I have had the privilege of undertaking.

Ms Taylor said the best aspect of studying at Notre Dame was the close-knit student community and the pastoral care provided by all staff.

“Nursing is such a wonderful profession in that it can take you places you could never dream; this is something I have realised from studying at Notre Dame. This support from fellow students and staff really helped me realise that I can achieve my goals with the right amount of help and self-love.”

Dr Judith Wilson, Senior Lecture and Aboriginal Student Academic Liaison in the School of Nursing & Midwifery, said Ms Taylor actively contributed to the University community whilst a student.

“Over the three years of her Bachelor of Nursing degree, Gningla was actively involved in extracurricular activities such as the Aboriginal network group on Campus and AIME (the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) where she became involved in tutoring and supporting Aboriginal students at Lynwood High School,” Dr Wilson said.

“Gningla is an inspirational and proud young Aboriginal woman. She was always a pleasure to teach and contributed significantly to the fabric of university life.”

Associate Professor Clive Walley, Head of Indigenous Health Curriculum at Notre Dame, described Ms Taylor as a terrific role model to not only her peers, but also to her family and the wider Aboriginal community.

“There is no doubt that she will make a significant contribution to improve the health care of those who are unwell and I believe at some stage in the future she will become a leader in Aboriginal health,” Associate Professor Walley said.

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