Per­se­ver­ance pay­ing off

Townsville Bulletin - - CLASSIFIEDS - Francine Pull­man

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.

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