Graduate in driver's seat of paramedic career

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Graduate in driver's seat of paramedic career


16 April 2013

A former OP1 high school student from Woombye who has already landed her dream job as a paramedic in Canberra officially received her degree from the University of the Sunshine Coast recently (Friday 5 April).

Former Suncoast Christian College student Kristi Browne, 20, now lives in Macquarie, ACT, and returned to USC to attend the Graduation ceremony and receive her Bachelor of Paramedic Science.

“So many amazing things happened during my USC degree and now I have my chosen career with the ACT Ambulance Service,” Ms Browne said.

“I’m so excited because ACT only accepted six graduates from universities around Australia.

“It was my first preference because of the Intensive Care Paramedic program, which will give me a further qualification and more on-the-job training to allow me to give drugs and perform procedures normally done in hospitals.”

Ms Browne said she thrived on the variety of duties each shift.

“We are dispatched to medical emergencies and some transfers within the community,” she said. “Today I went to a patient with fluid in their lungs, one who had a fall, a car versus bicycle crash and someone with chest pain.”

“It’s such a rewarding career and fantastic for people who like medicine and don’t want to be inside an office all day.”

Her achievements at USC included a Renouf Family scholarship, Australasian College of Ambulance Professionals Clinical Excellence Award 2010, Member of Golden Key Honour Society, GWQ Sunshine Coast Bursary 2011 and Zonta Club of Blackall Range Bursary 2011.

Ms Browne said she gained great experience from work placements during her degree as well as casual employment with Queensland Ambulance Service.

“The USC program has one of the highest amounts of on-road time compared to other Australian universities,” she said.

“I was also funded to attend the Paramedics Australasia conference in Perth, which was a great opportunity.”

She enjoyed part-time employment as a USC Student Ambassador, which involved doing school visits, campus tours and helping run USC events.

She was also president of SCUPA, the USC Paramedic Science student society, organising social events and professional development opportunities.

“USC had great facilities and paramedics with a lot of clinical experience to teach the course. I loved it,” Ms Browne said.

Julie Schomberg

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