Bachelor of Nursing Science, 2012
Registered Nurse, Nambour General Hospital
For Christine, her dream job in nursing is taking off. Only weeks away from embarking upon her graduate position as a registered nurse with Nambour General Hospital, she is already planning postgraduate studies to propel her toward her goal of becoming a flight nurse with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).
How did you get the job?
I applied to Queensland Health via the Graduate Nurse On-Line Recruitment (GNOR). I believe there were over 450 applicants for positions at Nambour General Hospital of which more than 100 were interviewed for 40 positions.
What sort of work integrated learning did you participate in during your studies?
I completed three internships throughout my nursing science course. The first was at Bowen hospital as part of a Rural and Remote nursing speciality. This experience gave me an appreciation of the limited access to healthcare resources that we take for granted in metropolitan areas.
I had the opportunity to be placed with the RFDS in Bundaberg for a second internship specialising in aeromedical nursing. Aeromedical nursing can be challenging due to the limited space and unique environment.
My final internship was at Nambour Hospital in the Department of Emergency Medicine, my last rotation on a surgical ward. All up I completed more than 12 weeks of work integrated learning.
Why did you choose your USC degree?
I had always dreamed of becoming a nurse. Nursing as a profession is in demand and the vast scope of employment opportunities was what finally led me to choose nursing. I was particularly interested in a nursing science degree to give me more scope in postgraduate studies.
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to decide on a degree/career path such as yours?
Do something that really sparks an interest in you. If you’re enthusiastic about the career then you'll be enthusiastic about studying and learning.
Becoming a flight nurse with the RFDS is a professional goal of mine but will require further study in midwifery and advanced clinical practice. I will also need to gain more experience in intensive care and emergency/trauma nursing.