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Nursing graduate lands coveted position

Nursing graduate lands coveted position

Published:02 January 2018

Nursing graduate Hayley Erhart has landed a coveted position at the Townsville Hospital

The Townsville Hospital (TTH) is about to get its newest qualified nurse.

CQUniversity Bachelor of Nursing student Hayley Erhart has been offered one of 120 graduate nurse positions and she couldn’t be happier.

“I have accepted a graduate nurse program in perioperative suite (theatre), starting early in the New Year,” Ms Erhart said.

“My Registered Nurse (RN) registration came through this week which is very exciting.

“Getting this position is most desirable because I’m able to get additional support and training when just out of uni instead of being dumped into the deep end so I’m extremely fortunate and happy.”

Ms Erhart has been an active member of CQUniversity, in particular the Townsville campus where she was a CQUni student mentor, co-chair of Club RHINO (Rural Health in the Northern Outback) and a student representative on the program committee for the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

She’s also volunteered for a number of organisations including St John Ambulance and has worked as a support worker for the elderly in the community.

Ms Erhart said she believed that getting involved in extra-curricular activities played a vital part in her appointment at the hospital.

“It’s really important from the beginning of your degree to get into extra-curricular activities and develop yourself professionally,” Ms Erhart explained.

“Networking and giving back to community all plays a part in getting a job because it is so damn competitive out there and you have to have that point of difference.

“If there’s one piece of advice that I can give to fellow nursing students it’s to not leave it to third year to do that extra-curricular stuff.”

Born in Toowoomba, Ms Erhart grew up in Bundaberg and completed her CQUni degree while living in Townsville.

It was the flexibility of being able to study via distance education that drew Ms Erhart to enrol in a degree with CQUni.

“I needed to study through distance because we were moving around a lot and I had a new baby and CQUniversity’s nursing degree allowed me to do that,” she said.

“I found the flexibility to be wonderful through CQUni and also the support was amazing.

“Everyone seems to know each other, the staff are fantastic both academically and personally and I’ve used the student counselling services which are great too. I would recommend CQUni to anyone.”

Ms Erhart said the graduate position that she will begin shortly would see her be a ‘scrub scout’ on rotation and in anesthetics.

“I’ve always had fantastic placements at TTH and found the teams great to work with so I really can’t wait to get started.

“This is a new chapter for me. The hard work has finally paid off and this is what I’ve been working six years for.”