Published on 1 April 2012
1 April 2012
A busy mother of two teenagers has completed her Bachelor of Nursing Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast with a perfect grade point average of 7.
Christine Pointon, 42, recently began work at Nambour General Hospital as a Graduate Registered Nurse after receiving nothing short of high distinctions during her three-year degree at USC.
She will be recognised for this outstanding achievement at the University’s Graduation ceremony on Wednesday 4 April, where she will be presented with a University Medal.
Ms Pointon’s exceptional academic results have also contributed to her being selected as the recipient of this year’s Chancellor’s Medal – the University’s highest award for a graduating student.
The Chancellor’s Medal is awarded to a graduand who has excelled academically as well as contributed greatly to the University and the community.
“I cried when I found out I’d be receiving this award,” Ms Pointon said. “It is just amazing. Never in a million years did I think I’d win something like this.”
Ms Pointon is a volunteer surf lifesaver at Alexandra Headland Surf Lifesaving Club, where she was the Water Safety Officer for eight years and the Junior Activities Committee secretary for two years. She is also a former president of the Buderim Scout Group.
At USC, Ms Pointon has been a volunteer student mentor, a peer advisor (a paid position which involves helping new students with study skills and essay writing) and a student representative on the USC and Community Nursing and Midwifery Reference group.
The fact she also has two teenagers, now aged 16 and 18, who are both surf lifesaving competitors makes her academic achievements all the more impressive.
“You just have to be very organised and sort all these things into your weekly timetable,” she said.
Ms Pointon said her secret to study success was simply “hard work”.
“That’s all it boils down to,” she said. “You get out of it what you put into it.
“But if you can find something that you really love and are interested in, then most of the time it doesn’t really seem like hard work.”
Ms Pointon’s dedication to study last year earned her a highly sought-after work placement with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), based in Bundaberg and servicing the Queensland outback.
As her goal is to eventually become a flight nurse with the RFDS, she said this placement had literally given wings to her career opportunities.
Ms Pointon previously worked with the Transport Department for 21 years before deciding in 2009 that the time was right for a career change.
She said she was drawn to study at USC because of the scientific focus of its Nursing Science degree and the fact she could remain on the Sunshine Coast with her family.
— Terry Walsh