Nursing graduate follows passion for remote health care

Georgia Hurst, pictured with Peter Prendiville, Acting Chancellor of The University of Notre Dame Australia, was the Farewell Speaker at the Broome Campus Graduation Ceremony in August.

25 August 2015

Breaking away from the fast-paced Perth city life to follow her passion for remote health care was the inspiration behind Georgia Hurst’s decision to study a Bachelor of Nursing on The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus.

With deliberately smaller class sizes and numerous practicum opportunities in the Kimberley region, Georgia says her Notre Dame experience kept her motivated and interested in realising her passion for regional nursing.

Georgia was one of 18 students to graduate at the Broome Campus Graduation Ceremony on Friday 21 August 2015. She was also the Farewell Speaker having achieved the highest Grade Point Average from her graduating cohort.

As part of her degree, Georgia undertook practicum placements with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service in Derby, as well as in the Paediatric and General Wards at the Broome Hospital and the Warmun Health Clinic.

Having studied nursing, Georgia says the knowledge and practice she acquired at Notre Dame gave her the purpose and direction needed to achieve her vocational ambitions.

“By deciding to take on placements in the Kimberley, I truly feel more confident in entering the workforce. These opportunities gave me great perspective on a career as a nurse – from retrieving people from car and motorcycle accidents in off-beat locations to educating people in remote communities about ways to improve their health,” Georgia said.

“Nursing is such a fulfilling career. It’s the basic things we do every day which make such a difference to the lives of many communities. The opportunities are endless.”

Sally Clark, Assistant Dean of the School of Nursing & Midwifery and Acting Head of the Broome Campus, congratulated Georgia and other graduates on their achievements.

“Georgia’s story illustrates one of the many positive outcomes our Nursing students achieve whilst on practicum. It is great to see our students applying the skills learnt in the classroom to the clinical placement sites with real outcomes,” Mrs Clark said.

“It is my hope that the 2015 Broome Campus graduates continue to grow in their fields of expertise knowing that they have obtained a quality experiential education from Notre Dame.”

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