Published on 18 October 2012
18 October 2012
A University of the Sunshine Coast Nursing Science student has been selected as one of only five Emerging Nurse Leaders (ENL) from across Australia.
Pauline Lambert, of Maroochydore, was named the only Queensland winner for the 2013 ENL program at a gala presentation in Sydney on 4 October.
The program is an initiative of the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) that aims to identify undergraduate students who have a passion for the profession and the ideas and capacity to inspire their peers towards change.
Criteria include demonstrated commitment to leadership in nursing through involvement in student representation and activities and community activities.
Recipients gain a five-year membership to the ACN for a program of personal and professional development including mentoring and networking, plus assistance from The Co-op Bookshop with textbooks throughout the program.
Ms Lambert, who is in the second year of her USC degree, said she was delighted by the prestigious award.
“I feel that nurse leadership encompasses four areas: compassion, professionalism, ethical practice and self-reflection,” she said. “I want to create a team approach to the care that nurses provide for patients.”
Ms Lambert, who works part-time in aged care, said she was interested in how research into technology could improve health care and patient contact.
The former St John Ambulance Cadets leader now volunteers for Street Angels on Friday and Saturday nights on the Sunshine Coast.
She is a member of USC’s Nursing and Midwifery Student Group and helps other students through the University’s Peer Note Taking Program. She has also participated in USC research for a textbook and a vodcast on clinical placement in aged care for Nursing students.
“I’m excited about the ENL program and its opportunities, including attending the international conference in Melbourne next year,” Ms Lambert said. “I love the USC Nursing Science degree because everyone is so supportive.”
Ms Lambert also recently received the $1,000 ES Sabey Mosel Prize in Nursing at USC.
It is awarded to a second-year USC Nursing student who has demonstrated the ethos of nursing in clinical practice, academic growth, and active involvement in service to nursing and/or the community.
— Julie Schomberg