LEARNING JOURNEY: TAFE Queensland student Kim Bauer is excited to be learning about nursing. She balances study with being a mother.
LEARNING JOURNEY: TAFE Queensland student Kim Bauer is excited to be learning about nursing. She balances study with being a mother.

Mum with six kids on inspiring journey to learn again

CHILDERS mother-of-six, Kim Bauer, has an enormous juggling act balancing her role while studying a TAFE course to become a nurse.

She dreams of becoming a midwife but first is taking the steps she needs completing a Diploma of Nursing, after receiving a TAFE Queensland scholarship.

Ms Bauer has been out of the workforce for 17 years while devoting her time to her children, but she knew it was time to do something for herself, given that she still had time to work 30 years in the workforce.

Her children are aged between four-years and 18, with her eldest daughter having completed high school last year, and it has required much organisation and household delegation while studying at the Bundaberg campus three days a week

"I hope they understand, I think they do,” Ms Bauer said.

"I'm still making their lunches every day, I still am doing lots of things for them, and I'm still there for them as much as I can.

"It's very exhausting, and I just have to look after myself and eat right and keep exercising, and keep my energy up and I'm super healthy.

"I'm in bed by 7.30-8pm most nights, and I just go to sleep and look after myself.”

Ms Bauer is in her second semester, and she said studying the previous semester was difficult enough to cry over, but she was given advice to break down the large tasks into smaller steps.

"The workload was insane, and I thought 'how am I going to do all this?' and there was definitely lots of tears.

"A friend of mine said to me 'stop looking at the big picture and just break it down into small little goals, get through your first assessment, get that pass'.”

Ms Bauer received a scholarship worth $5000 to help her, which helped her decision to take on education.

"I did apply for the scholarship thinking 'I'd give it a go', not expecting to get it, but it definitely helped.

"Not only financially, it doesn't pay for the whole course, but to me it was like, 'well, if they believe I can do it, I can do it'.

"You get a tiny bit at the start and you get the rest when you graduate. That gives you the push.

"I'm going to work my butt off to prove I deserve it.

"I haven't even thought about dropping out, and I'm loving every minute.”