Published on 27 April 2012
Linda Hackett, 54, of Bundaberg has graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.
Mrs Hackett is the Nurse-in-Charge of Bundaberg Base Hospital’s Special Care Nursery, which helps save the lives of premature and sick babies.
“My Masters degree has given me an insight into the understanding of research and the complexities of the nursing profession,” Mrs Hackett said.
“It has ultimately enabled me to guide the neonatal and midwifery students within the sphere of neonatal nursing.”
Mrs Hackett was among 1,100 students to graduate from USC at two special ceremonies on campus on Wednesday 4 April.
“I really enjoyed my graduation and was so proud to be a part of it all,” she said. “But I couldn’t have done this postgraduate study without the support of my three teenage children.”
Mrs Hackett said she decided to return to tertiary studies after discussions with USC’s Senior Lecturer in Nursing Dr Jennifer Rowe.
“Jennifer motivated me to do my Masters, which I previously felt I could not possibly attempt,” she said.
“I found USC to be more user-friendly than my previous experiences and also the lecturers were helpful, informative and prompt with their feedback.”
— Michelle Widdicombe