$10.8m donation to Sydney Nursing School
An unprecedented $10.8 million donation to Sydney Nursing School by the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation sees the University of Sydney surpass $500 million in philanthropic funds raised since 2008.
The gift, which is the largest ever donation to a nursing school in Australia, establishes the granting of 12 annual scholarships to assist nursing students with study, tuition and accommodation. Beginning in 2016, The Susan Wakil Scholarships will assist both undergraduate and postgraduate student nurses, with some scholarships earmarked for rural, regional and indigenous students. The donation ensures that Sydney Nursing School will be able to offer Susan Wakil Scholarships to student nurses in perpetuity.
“Susan and I appreciate the valuable work of nurses in the frontline of health care,” Mr Wakil said. “Regrettably, nurses don’t always get the recognition or headlines they deserve for the critical and very personal care they bring to patients. These new scholarships are a way of supporting the tuition and career development of deserving students and nurses now and into the future. Australia is a great country and it’s a good feeling to give something back.”
Responding to the gift, the Dean of Sydney Nursing School, Professor Donna Waters said, “This is an extraordinary act of generosity by Susan and Isaac Wakil. I think it’s terrific that they have seen and acknowledged the importance of nursing in the health care system. Nurses coordinate and provide care to others, every day and everywhere. They really are the linchpin of the entire system. To have this suite of scholarships available to a broad range of bright Australians committing to a career in nursing is magnificent.”
University of Sydney Nursing School
Studying nursing at the University of Sydney provides students access to teaching and research across all the health professions in an academically rigorous yet stimulating and supportive environment. Learning from world experts and studying alongside students from other health professions gives Sydney nursing students unique educational perspectives and inter-disciplinary practice experiences, appropriately preparing them for the complexities, challenges and rewards of health care.
Nursing practice clinical options
Master of Nursing students can choose one of four clinical placement options for their final year:
- Mental Health
- High Acuity
- Clinical Nursing
For these options, students will undertake 4 weeks of clinical placement in the chosen area.
Program: Master of Nursing
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March each year
Duration: 2 years
Entry Requirements: A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Nursing will hold a bachelor degree in a discipline other than nursing from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or a Diploma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, or equivalent qualification, and relevant work experience.