August 30, 2023

Avondale’s Nursing Degree Is the Best in Australia, According to Student Survey

Adventist school program is first of 37 across the country for third consecutive year.

This year’s survey of Avondale University nursing students is the best result of the 37 universities and higher education providers in Australia offering the course. [Photo: Avondale University]

The undergraduate nursing course at Avondale is still number one in Australia, as ranked by the people who matter — the students.

The latest and only comprehensive national survey of higher education students ranks the Avondale Bachelor of Nursing degree top across all focus areas — skills development, learner engagement, teaching quality, student support, learning resources, and quality of the educational experience. This is the best result of the 37 universities and higher education providers offering the course. And this is the third consecutive year that nursing at Avondale has been top across all areas.

Vice-chancellor Kerri-Lee Krause thanked students for their feedback and congratulated staff members in the School of Nursing and Health for their “top performance at the highest level.” Head of school Tamera Gosling said the rankings are a “fantastic outcome” that reflect “the fine work and dedication” of her team.

That “fine work and dedication” includes “personal commitment to providing a high-quality degree focused on meeting quality and safety standards in practice, dedication to providing a holistic learning experience for students, and facilitating excellent nursing simulation teaching and clinical experiences.”

Almost half the undergraduate students enrolled at Avondale in September this past year—including at least 192 Bachelor of Nursing students — completed the 2022 Student Experience Survey, well above the national average response rate of 37 percent.

The Student Experience Survey helps higher education institutions and the government improve teaching and learning outcomes for students. It is part of the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching survey program and funded by the Australian government’s Department of Education.

About Avondale University

Avondale University is a leading not-for-profit provider of tertiary education, offering a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational courses in a nurturing and inclusive environment. The school is located in Cooranbong, Australia.

The school offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and vocational (VET) courses across Arts, Business, Teaching, Nursing, Ministry and Theology, and Outdoor Leadership. It also has research centers leading the way in Lifestyle and Health; Christian Education; Scripture, Spirituality and Society; and Teaching and Learning.

Established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1897, Avondale values excellence, spirituality, wellbeing, integrity and service, its website states. “These core attributes are evident in our course offerings, extra-curricular activities, staff and student initiatives and our relationship with the wider community,” it reads. “Avondale is proud to be part of a worldwide educational network within the Seventh-day Adventist Church that welcomes people of any or no faith background. This learning community includes schools, universities and colleges that prepare students for lifelong learning and a worldview of service.”

The original version of this story was posted by Adventist Record.