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Nurse enrols at USC to expand career prospects

When enrolled nurse Sarah Grigg performed CPR on a patient in 2009, it was a life-changing moment that set her on a path to upgrade her qualifications.

Employed at an aged care home at the time, Ms Grigg, 31, said she worked on the patient after they suffered a heart attack until paramedics arrived.

“It was a turning point for me,” Ms Grigg said. “I wanted to be able to extend my knowledge so I could do more to help in emergency situations.”

Ms Grigg has enrolled in a Bachelor of Nursing Science at USC’s Caboolture campus this year with the aim of becoming a registered nurse and possibly going on to do scientific research.

The mother of two said it was important for her to be able to study close to where she lived at Narangba.

“I prefer the Sunshine Coast over Brisbane for just about anything,” Ms Grigg said. “The fact there’s no commute into the city is always a bonus as well.”

After working at the nursing home, the undergraduate started a job with the Red Cross Blood Service, where she has been employed for the past seven years.

Between the full-time job and raising a family, Ms Grigg said she previously had little time for study.

“But I feel ready now,” she said. “Once I’ve finished the nursing degree, I’m thinking about going on to study Biomedical Science. I would like to become a scientist, but I’m not sure I’m ready to stay behind the scenes just yet.

“I’m still keeping my options open.”

Applications are still open to study at USC in 2018.

- Tom Snowdon

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