Published on 24 April 2013
Following in the footsteps of her famous namesake Florence, Karen Nightingale has delivered nursing care to hundreds of women and children in need.
Now Karen has a Master of Midwifery from the University of the Sunshine Coast to boost her own career opportunities.
The Burpengary resident, who has worked as a midwife at Caboolture Hospital for 19 years, officially received her postgraduate degree at the USC Graduation Ceremony on 5 April.
“Completing my USC Master of Midwifery has given me the confidence to take on a new role as acting Midwifery Unit Manager of Caboolture Hospital Birthing Suite and Antenatal Services,” said Karen, 46.
“It has expanded my knowledge and given me a greater understanding of challenges and opportunities in health care.
“Being a student myself certainly gave me a greater empathy for student midwives in my unit.”
Karen said she decided to study at USC after recommendations from work colleagues.
“I enjoyed the flexibility of online study that could fit with my work and family commitments,” she said.
She found the University’s lecturers easily accessible and she enjoyed both online discussions and on-campus tutorials with students and tutors.
“I found study mentally stimulating and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it,” Karen said. “Two of my sons were studying at USC at the same time, which was nice.”
— Julie Schomberg