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Out of tragedy comes hope of life-saving skills for the future

Out of tragedy comes hope of life-saving skills for the future

Published:01 August 2016

The Dr Phillip Donaldson Memorial Scholarship, valued at $5000, is now helping a deserving Nursing student from Bundaberg, Sarah Caldwell.

A valuable scholarship is commemorating the inspiring life of a much-loved Psychology lecturer and researcher, Dr Phillip Donaldson.

Phill was an accomplished academic and loved friend of many at CQUniversity. His track record included a long-standing interest in spatial memory.

In recent years, he also made a substantial contribution to the CQUniversity Gambling Research group based in Bundaberg.

Though his life ended following a car crash in 2015, the Dr Phillip Donaldson Memorial Scholarship, valued at $5000, is now helping a deserving Nursing student from Bundaberg, Sarah Caldwell.

Sarah has pledged to support Queensland Road Safety Week and will do so every year in future.

“In fact, I’ve pledged to promote road safety at every chance I have and I’m keen to become an effective nurse in future who is able to help save the lives of future road accident victims,” Sarah says.

The Memorial Scholarship has been helping Sarah to forge through the first year of her Nursing studies, despite having to deal with family crises on top of illnesses which cause chronic pain and fatigue.

She is planning to base herself at CQUniversity Brisbane campus from 2017 onwards, to access a wider range of clinical placements at metropolitan hospitals.

“The memorial scholarship has enabled me to represent and encourage road safety, a cause I believe strongly about, and has provided me with valuable opportunities to set up foundations for my career and interact with a variety of people,” she says.

“The scholarship has enabled me to focus on the more important things in life and set myself up completely, rather than stressing about finances and having to deal with the transition into my tertiary studies alone.

“I wish to pass on the donor’s kindness to all those I come across throughout both my current and future studies and careers.

“Thank you for allowing such a tragedy to radiate hope and endless opportunities on the life of another.”

Sarah says her career aspirations are to graduate as an educated, motivated and active Registered Nurse and patient advocate, further continuing and expanding her studies in order to become a Nurse Practitioner and eventually to specialise in either paediatrics or oncology.

“At this stage, I am considering studying medicine as an option for after my undergraduate bachelor is completed,” she says.

“I wish to take my nursing studies as far as I can in order to expand my scope of practice and fully immerse myself in health with the intent to utilise all experiences and knowledge for the benefit of others.

“I hope to play a significant role in the healing, growth, recovery and life journeys of all I come across - practicing in a holistic, inspired and person-centred manner.”

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