Amal Al-Ghareeb, a Bachelor of Nursing graduate from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), commenced her Master of Nursing at Monash University in 2011. With a keen interest in nursing education, Amal’s research analyses the barriers and enablers in implementing Simulated Learning Environments for nursing education.
After she completes her Master’s degree, Amal will enrol in her PhD at Monash University, as she would like to further investigate one of the barriers to using Simulated Learning Environments.
Amal has easily adapted to life as a postgraduate student at Monash University. “I adjusted to academic life at Monash University very well because the staff at the School of Nursing and Midwifery are extremely helpful, friendly and supportive. I don’t think any other university could treat international students as well as the staff here at Monash,” she said. “The staff understand that English is not our first language and sometimes we need extra support. The lecturers know that everything is new for us and they do everything possible to help us succeed in our studies.”
The network of Saudi students in Melbourne also supported Amal when she first moved to Melbourne. “I am very happy that I chose to study in Australia and at Monash University. I don’t feel like I’m in a foreign country because everyone is so friendly, and I feel safe and at home.”
Amal chose her course based on Monash University’s international reputation in nursing education and she will pursue a career in academia when she completes her PhD and returns to Saudi Arabia.