Published on 5 November 2013
A Nursing Science student at the University of the Sunshine Coast has been announced as one of five Emerging Nurse Leaders (ENLs) for 2014.
Sonya Wallace was selected by the Australian College of Nursing from applicants across the country for the ENL award, a three-year program of professional development to support leadership skills in early career nurses.
One of the Eudlo resident’s first opportunities to become involved in the profession at a high level was attending the National Nursing Forum in Canberra last month (20-22 October).
“It’s fantastic because this award is really competitive and it includes so much, from professional and personal development to mentoring and other support,” said the second-year Nursing Science student.
Ms Wallace, who is president of the USC Nursing and Midwifery Student Group, said her experience as a student mentor at the University also would be useful.
The mature-age student is aiming for a career change after years working in government and corporate communications.
“At one stage I was a paramedic in South Australia and I always wished I’d done nursing,” she said.
“I thought now was a good time, with the new hospital project on the Sunshine Coast and the growth in the region’s health industry.
“I’m really enjoying the USC degree and I intend to do Honours. My aim is to work in a hospital emergency department.”
— Julie Schomberg