‘Three Musketeers’ graduate from JCU
THREE local women were among 400 students who graduated at James Cook University in Cairns on Saturday and are keen to get their nursing careers underway.
All three are good friends and agreed the course was excellent and it helped that they grew up together in Mossman and Port Douglas and all went to the Mossman State High School.
The “Three Musketeers” - Jessica Garland, Georgia Hober and Elizabeth Harvey - have spent the past three years studying full-time at the university and are now set to embark on their careers.
“I have a particular interest in rural and remote healthcare,” Jessica said.
“For my first year out as a reg- istered nurse I am working in the Mount Isa district at various hospitals including Normanton, Mount Isa and Mornington Island, where I hope to gain the clinical experience and competency skills necessary to advance my career in rural and remote health.
“Then in the next few years I hope to complete another degree, the bachelor of midwifery, and one day to take on the role of a nurse practitioner.”
Georgia Hober is working at Mareeba hospital learning new skills in different areas of nursing.
“In the future I’d like to be a theatre nurse/surgical nurse or work in paediatrics and eventually I’d like to work for the Royal Flying Doctor Service,” she said.
After graduating with a Bachelor of nursing science, Elizabeth is consolidating her skills at Cairns Base Hopsital in the coronary care unit.
“After experiencing a birth at the Mossman hospital, I will continue my studies further in a bachelor of midwifery next year,” she said.
“Then I want to travel overseas practicing my nursing and hope to return to Africa, working on the Mercy ships providing free medical surgeries to the poorest nations in the world.
“And then on my return to Australia I plan to apply for a position in the Australian Defence Force, giving something back to a country that has provided me with the life I’ve grown accustomed to.”
Graduation day: Elizabeth Harvey, Georgia Hober and Jessica Garland
Job well done: Mossman team members Michael Wilkinson, Jason Cambieras, Melissa Collins and Corey Frahn