TAFE NSW Riverina Institute student Severina Lemech has achieved her childhood dream of becoming a nurse.
Severina Lemech grew up in the Philippines dreaming of one day becoming a nurse.
With circumstances against her, she pushed the dream to the back of her mind and carried on. Ms Lemech travelled to Australia, married and raised five children.
She opened a ladies fashion shop in Wagga Wagga, the well-known ‘Rina’s Fashions’.
After 20 years in the fashion business, Ms Lemech and her husband decided to change direction and enter into the property market.
They began renovating and reselling run-down properties, and decided to enrol at in a real estate course at TAFE NSW Riverina Institute.
At the same time, Ms Lemech’s daughter enrolled in Certificate III in Health Services Assistance.
At the start of the term, Ms Lemech and her husband were the first to arrive at their Real Estate course, so Ms Lemech decided to walk her daughter down to the Health Services block.
This seemingly small decision changed her life.
“My journey in life started again when I set foot at Wagga Wagga Campus. I had escorted my daughter to the Health Services class, when the teacher arrived with a big smile on her face and said “Good morning everyone, my name is Kellie Harmer”. I couldn’t leave my seat, I just sat there listening. When Kellie had finished talking, I went back looking for my husband. He was annoyed, wondering where I had been. I told him that I had decided to do the course with my daughter instead of the real estate course. He thought I was out of my mind!
“I rang Kellie the next morning and asked her if she thought I was too old for the course. She said “Of course not, you would make a good student”. That was the start of my new career, to fulfil my childhood dream.
“Here at Riverina Institute, I found real friendship and happiness. I developed self-confidence, knowledge and determination. The nursing profession is incredibly rewarding, especially when you can provide your patients with the best possible care, a safe environment and lead them to a full recovery”, said Ms Lemech.
Ms Lemech is now working as an Assistant Nurse at the Forrest Centre’s Mary Potter Nursing Home and at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital, and couldn’t be happier.
“Meeting all the residents and being able to take good care of them is a very emotional experience. We can make them happy by giving them all our loving and tender care. Since attending Riverina Institute and taking this course, my life has changed completely”, said Ms Lemech.
Ms Lemech will be guest speaker at the 22nd Annual Institute Awards for Excellence to be held in Wagga Wagga on April 4.