20 October 2014
USC Paramedic Science graduate Clelia Simart of South Brisbane is exactly the sort of person you would want close by in an emergency.
Clelia, 24, who graduated from USC on Thursday 2 October, thoroughly enjoys her work as a registered nurse in the emergency department at Brisbane’s Mater Adult Hospital, where she is learning all she can about emergency medicine.
“Studying Paramedic Science at USC really honed my ability to stay calm in an emergency, prioritise quickly, think on my feet and then act accordingly,” she said.
“Down the track I plan to join the ambulance service, but for now there is plenty more for me to learn in a hospital setting.
“I want to provide the best care that I can as both a nurse and a paramedic and my studies have given me the opportunity to progress in both fields and the advantage of a better understanding of how emergency medicine works both in and out of hospital.”
Clelia, who already had a degree in nursing when she enrolled in the Bachelor of Paramedic Science, said she was impressed by USC’s innovative and practical program.
“The equipment we used was state of the art,” she said. “They had SimMen (advanced patient simulator manikins) and an ambulance simulator, which were awesome.
“I loved the small classes and the fact that we got lots of real prac time, hands-on experience and prac classes where we practised scenarios over and over again.
“All of the teachers had so much field experience and a huge amount of knowledge to share, but still maintained a down-to-earth attitude.”
Clelia spent three months volunteering in a poverty-stricken area of Tanzania in Africa when she was 18, and that experience inspired her to become a nurse.
“Once I’ve gained more experience I hope to return to Africa where I intend to work in hospitals and out in the field where they need the help most,” she said.