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Nursing badging ceremony signifies start of professional health career

Nursing badging ceremony signifies start of professional health career

Published:07 March 2017

L-R Emily Matsen, Hayley Erhart, Michelle Jordan and Leesa Stewart, pictured with her grandson, celebrated the end of their nursing degree at a recent badging ceremony in Townsville.

Several CQUni Bachelor of Nursing students, based in Townsville, recently celebrated their academic successes and new professional health careers.

The students were each awarded a nursing badge at a formal ceremony, held at the Townsville campus, in front of family and friends.

Event organiser, Associate Lecturer Elspeth Wood, said the ceremony, held separately to the official graduation event, was a way for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences to celebrate the students’ academic successes.

“The badges, presented by Nursing Lecturer Doctor Adele Baldwin and Associate Vice Chancellor Kari Arbouin, signify the end of the students’ nursing degree,” Elspeth said.

“Despite the small ceremony, it was a lovely personalised send-off for the students, who are some of the highest achieving in the graduating cohort.

“Their efforts have been acknowledged by local hospital and health care services and it’s now time for them to focus on their next chapter – a nursing career.”

Badge recipient, Emily Matsen, said the ceremony was a great way to acknowledge their lecturers' dedication to student success, as well as the group’s achievements and new employment opportunities.

“After receiving my registered nursing credentials, I was fortunate enough to land a graduate position at The Townsville Hospital’s Medical Ward,” she said.

“It will be a great place to put all those years of practice and theory into action. I have already started and the support in the graduate program is evident.”

Emily’s academic journey was inspired by the need for greater challenges in her working life.

“I worked in administration after completing grade 12 and although I loved it, it was quite repetitive,” she said.

“I took a chance and applied to study nursing with CQUni, and now I’m in a job where every day is different and there is no time to become bored.”

For badge recipient, Hayley Erhart, the ceremony not only signified the completion of her degree, but also her ability to overcome life’s obstacles.

“Studying with other responsibilities, such as children, multiple jobs and extracurricular activities, was not easy,” she said.

“My time with CQUni required commitment, focus, time management and passion. Without passion, it would have been difficult to push through the tougher times.”

Despite Hayley’s workload, she excelled and was awarded a coveted graduate position within The Townsville Hospital’s Perioperative Suite.

“I will learn the roles of the scrub/scout, recovery, and anaesthetic perioperative nurse, and next year, after completion of my graduate position, I intend to commence post-graduate nursing studies," she said.

“My study journey, leading up to this point, has been a bit insane, so I’m very glad to have completed my Bachelor of Nursing degree.”