Published on 10 December 2014
USC has gained a strong reputation for producing nursing leaders after its third student in three years was named a national Emerging Nurse Leader.
Paul Kaczykowski, 31, of Peregian Springs, is one of only five recipients of this prestigious award for 2015, presented by the Australian College of Nursing.
The Emerging Nurse Leaders program provides three years of professional and personal development and is designed to support leadership skills in early-career nurses.
Paul said he was honoured to be included in the program and keen to encourage more men to enter the nursing profession.
“I am proud to be studying nursing and to be making a name for myself in a profession which has largely been overlooked by many men,” he said.
“There is a growing demand by patients to receive care from both male and female nurses and there are increasing leadership opportunities for those who want to play a role in breaking down any gender gaps in the profession.
“USC has given me an excellent start for my nursing career and I’m looking forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead.”
USC Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery Associate Professor Margaret Barnes said Paul’s inclusion in the program highlighted the exceptional standard of students studying Nursing Science at USC.
“We would like to congratulate Paul on this achievement,” Dr Barnes said.
“His success and the success of previous USC participants in this program are a reflection of USC’s commitment to instilling leadership skills in all our nursing students.
“Our strategic focus on the development of nursing leaders has culminated in the launch of new programs such as the Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) and the Bachelor of Health and Community Care.”
Paul is the second male to be offered entry into the Emerging Nurse Leaders program in its history.
USC students Paula Lambert and Sonya Wallace were offered places in 2013 and 2014.
Paul is the current president of the USC Nursing and Midwifery Student Group, a student mentor and member the Vice Chancellor’s Student Liaison Committee.
— Jessica Halls