Published on 12 April 2012
A Maryborough couple with more than 20 years nursing experience between them, and a Mackay emergency nurse have received $15,000 from the Australian Government to support postgraduate nursing studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Rebecca Mollenhauer, 39, her husband Jeremy, 32, and fellow student Rachel Euler, 26, received Emergency Department Postgraduate scholarships under the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme administered by the Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA).
All three students plan to use the scholarship funding to cover course fees for their Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Emergency Care) program at USC.
Mr and Mrs Mollenhauer, who both work in the emergency department at Maryborough Hospital, are keen to use the postgraduate qualifications to secure promotions into nurse practitioner or emergency educator roles.
“Before working in hospital emergency, my only experience in emergency was pre-hospital emergency as a paramedic, so I am hoping the USC Masters will pull together all of my pre-hospital and hospital experience,” Mrs Mollenhauer said.
Mr Mollenhauer has worked in hospital emergency departments his entire career including rural and remote locations like Thursday Island, Charters Towers and Roma.
Rachel Euler, who currently works in Mackay Base Hospital’s emergency department, is also aiming to use her Masters to become a nurse practitioner in a country hospital.
The former Bundaberg local, who also has a postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice Rural and Remote, has previously worked at Mundubbera Hospital.
“I ultimately want to return to rural and remote nursing but I want to have a decent skill set in order to go out there,” Mrs Euler said.
“This is going to help me out there because it’ll give me more experience and the theoretically based knowledge for emergency care.
“I chose the Masters course through USC because it is completely internet based and I can study from Mackay and stay with friends when on-campus study is required.”
— Michelle Widdicombe