Perseverance paying off
HARD work and dedication has paid unexpected dividends for CQU student nurse Jayde Luke.
A busy working mum, Jayde is completing her nursing degree, working as a nurse and juggling the delights of being mother to two young boys.
As if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, Jayde is preparing for a remote island adventure in November.
Jayde has been selected to join a CQUniversity Shortterm Outbound Program, a 10day nursing study and clinic tour to the Republic of Palau.
This remote island country in the western Pacific Ocean has a population of 21,000 spread across 250 islands, so the tour should be a unique experience and a career boost for her.
As a CQUni nursing student, Jayde is on her final clinical placement in Acute Mental Health at Townsville General Hospital.
She’s fitting that role around a 12- month paid contract as a “student in nursing” at the same hospital but that doesn’t faze her.
“It’s great to have a foot in the door with paid employment,” Jayde says.
Although enrolled as a distance education student, Jayde has attended residential schools at CQUni campuses in Rockhampton and Mackay, and she has appreciated having access to the new local CQUni support facilities – initially a distance education support centre and more recently a full campus.
“I was really happy when the local CQUni centre opened.”
The combination of distance study, residential schools and local support has paid off as Jayde’s academic results put her in the top 15 per cent of her peers.
Her achievements have also prompted an invitation to become a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.
COMMITTED APPROACH: CQU student nurse Jayde Luke is preparing to go on a study and clinic tour of the Pacific island of Palau.