Candidate: Angela Pham
Rural Health Club: RHUWS
Please provide summary of why you are interested in the position, your ability to fulfill the position and your previous experience related to the position. (Word limit: 300 words)
NRHSN’s Nursing and Midwifery Officer position brings light to the importance of nursing and midwifery students and advocates for their rural training. My interest in this position is mainly due to my passion of wanting to do more for the community around me, this opportunity would allow me to do so understandably. I believe nursing and midwifery students require a sounding voice and advocate who will highlight their interests and significance in rural health. I have continued to feed this passion in recent years through involvement with my RHC. After joining RHUWS, I was able to further my interest with the rural community and consequently with rural nursing and midwifery. I relayed the great events and opportunities RHUWS had to offer to my midwifery cohort and was involved with organising said events. My voice in RHUWS gave the members an idea on how midwifery also fits into their practice as allied health professionals and gave the members another perspective of rural allied health training. As someone who is passionate in their field as well as other allied health professions, I believe with this passion demonstrates my ability to fulfill the position of NRHSN’s Nursing and Midwifery Officer.
Please provide a response to the Key Selection Criteria. (Word limit: 1000 words)
I acknowledge the Key Selection Criteria for Executive Officers within NRHSN and the responsibilities, aims and priorities expected of these Officers. I understand the expectations of the role I would undertake and fulfill it accordingly.
In 2015, I began my tertiary education at the Australian Catholic University, studying a Bachelor of Nursing. While I did not have much involvement with university clubs during this year as I used this as a stepping stone to get into Pharmacy, I was exposed to and had a great appreciation for nursing and all allied health professionals. The following year, I was accepted into a Bachelor of Pharmacy at Charles Sturt University in Orange NSW. This was when I grew an interest towards rural health. I was elected as the First Year Representative in the university’s SRC. From then, I was tasked with liaising between the club and first year students, running events and Open Day stalls as well as managing merchandise for the club. In 2019, I decided to pursue midwifery and was accepted into the program at Western Sydney University. I attended RHUWS’ Welcome Dinner in 2019 and began to show my dedication in the club since then. I was appointed as the midwifery representative later and have since been an active member. I continued to demonstrate my interest in rural health by attending all meetings, organising and assisting in events and remaining active in the club. I was given an opportunity to run my own midwifery station at RHUWS’ Clinical Skills Night in 2019 which gave me great confidence in advocating for midwives and how we worked interprofessionally with other allied health. I attended WSU Rural Clinical School’s annual Tamworth Rural Experience (T-REX) in 2019 and was enlightened to more rural health perspectives through a multi-disciplinary event. This event included on-site agriculture based trauma simulations and allowed students to play their part accordingly to their degree. It was very enriching and fascinating to see how each person’s role was significant to the situation especially in a rural setting. Later in 2019, I attended NRSHN’s Council 2 in Brisbane alongside with RHUWS’ then President and my now Co-President. I was tasked to put together the presentation to update Council members on our RHC’s progress for 2019. This meeting was inspirational and further fuelled my passion for rural health. Now in 2020, I was elected to be Co-President of RHUWS and have since been humbled by the position daily. I work alongside a great team of passionate individuals who are diligent in their tasks. I am appreciative of the opportunity I have in RHUWS by being the point of contact between Academic Staff and Council during meetings as well as through emails and phone calls. This hasn’t been a smooth year in terms of event organisation but RHUWS prevailed and managed to run online events accordingly. Attending this year’s NRHSN’s Council 1, representing RHUWS as a Co-President, was overwhelming as I still felt I had much to learn from the other RHCs but took in every opportunity I had and relayed it back to the team at RHUWS. Consequently, I believe we were able to smooth out finer details about the club and from a tiny sprout became a small bustling society. I am proud to know that my leadership alongside my Co-President has sparked passion and interests in many of RHUWS’ members and has ignited their drive to continue within RHUWS in 2021.
I believe my proven leadership, team working skills, passion and dedication towards my RHC will be beneficial to NRHSN. I understand the expectations that are required within the role if chosen to be the Nursing and Midwifery Officer and will do the best to my ability to fulfil those expectations if elected. As mentioned, I have a passion in striving to do more for those around me and I want to do so by using my voice to advocate for students with interests in rural health. I thank you for this opportunity and hope to fill the shoes of the amazing former executive officers in this role at NRHSN.
Please provide your Curriculum Vitae. This can include a summary of specific previous experiences you have had related to rural health and leadership (events, courses, positions held, relevant previous or current employment). (Word limit: 500 words)
PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT I am an inquisitive and enthusiastic individual who has a passion for our rural community, their health and education. I strive to advocate for those who are otherwise unable to and am always willing to learn new skills. With proven leadership, organisational and teamworking skills, I would be a suitable candidate for NRHSN’s position as the Nursing and Midwifery Officer.
OSRC’s First Year Representative, Orange Student Representative Council – Responsible for relaying RHUWS’ activities and events to midwifery cohort – Managed midwifery station at RHUWS’ Clinical Skills Night 2019 – Tasked with contacting schools for RHUWS’ 2019 rural outreach trip – Liaised with Orange Student Representative Council and first year students
across all of CSU Orange – Organised club events – Responsible for merchandise ordering and handling
RHUWS’ Midwifery Representative, Rural Health Union Western Sydney – Responsible for relaying RHUWS’ activities and events to midwifery cohort – Managed midwifery station at RHUWS’ Clinical Skills Night 2019 – Tasked with contacting schools for RHUWS’ 2019 rural outreach trip
RHUWS’ Co-President, Rural Health Union Western Sydney – Chaired executive meetings and assisted portfolios of fellow executive members – Organised events accordingly – Attended NRHSN events as representative of RHUWS – Facilitated effective collaboration of executives to fulfill the goals of RHUWS
Western Sydney University 2019 – Present, Bachelor of Midwifery
Charles Sturt University 2016 – 2018, Bachelor of Pharmacy
Australian Catholic University 2015 – 2016, Bachelor of Nursing
2017, CSU Equity Scholarship
2019, WSU Dean’s List