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It’s healthy selfie time as husband and wife graduate from nursing degrees

Published:13 April 2019

Michael and Peta Pearce record their graduation milestone for posterity.

Peta Pearce and her husband Michael both graduated from a Bachelor of Nursing degree during the CQUniversity Bundaberg graduation ceremony this week.

They were among 82 graduates who celebrated at The Multiplex venue in Bundaberg. Those present included three international students and two doctoral graduates. The guest speaker was CQUni Alumnus Craig Hodges who is now leading one of the world’s leading Health IT businesses, Best Practice Software.

For Peta and Michael, juggling three children and two nursing jobs is par for the course. They say they both have a passion for helping people.

Peta says that CQUniversity’s distance education option provided the perfect amount of flexibility as she progressed from an enrolled nurse (EN) status to a registered nurse (RN) qualification.

Along the way, she has continued her employment as a nursing assistant at a local medical centre.

“With the kids coming along it took me a few extra years to complete my studies but I managed to keep up with the required residential schools and clinical placements,” Peta says.

Meanwhile, Michael started his pathway in health as a St John Ambulance volunteer who also developed a professional role in first aid training and assessment.

Thanks to his nursing degree and RN status, he is now working in the operating theatre for one of Bundaberg’s private hospitals.

“While enrolled at CQUniversity, Peta and I were able to speak the same nursing jargon and ask each other questions as we prepared for our exams,” Michael says.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my CQUniversity studies. After being in the health sector for so long I welcomed the chance to further my knowledge and skills.

"Clinical placements during the degree enabled us to put our knowledge and theory into practice."

Michael says he's glad to have chosen a career promising a variety of opportunities, as nurses are not limited to one area.

"Even in a hospital setting, there's multiple units and specialities you can branch into, which is fantastic," he says. "My dream job would be in aero-medical."

Peta and Michael said they were excited to show their children what their hard work and time away from family life had accomplished, by donning their graduation regalia.

Future Pearce family gatherings are likely to include medical banter. Michael's younger sister also graduated from a Nursing degree at the Bundaberg ceremony and another of his sisters completed her nursing qualifications about 16 years ago. Peta also has a sister who completed a nursing degree.