‘Three Mus­ke­teers’ grad­u­ate from JCU

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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