Rocky nursing graduate scrubs up for intensive care position

HEALTHY START: CQ University nursing student Emily Garner is looking forward to working as a graduate nurse next year in the Intensive Care Unit at Rockhampton Base Hospital.
HEALTHY START: CQ University nursing student Emily Garner is looking forward to working as a graduate nurse next year in the Intensive Care Unit at Rockhampton Base Hospital. Chris Ison Rokcnurse

NURSING graduate Emily Garner is looking forward to scrubbing up as a qualified nurse next year at Rockhampton Hospital after receiving a graduate spot in the Intensive Care Unit.

The 20-year-old studied a Bachelor of Nursing over the past three years and has just finished her final week of university placement.

"Next year I'll be working in ICU as a graduate nurse which is very exciting," she said.

"When I got the call I was so excited then afterwards I was a bit nervous because I realised that I would be taking on that Registered Nurse position.

"When you're a student on placement you've got someone supervising you at all times whereas next year I'll be on the frontline so I'm excited for that responsibility."

Emily said she had always wanted to be a nurse since getting a first taste for the industry after doing work experience at the hospital in high school.

"I just like the idea of helping people so it suited my personality and my caring nature then once I got into all the medical stuff I became really interested, I love the science background," she said.

"At the end of the day it's all about helping people and giving them the best healthcare that you can provide by being competent in yourself."

Emily said the transition from finishing her degree to finding a job was a short but daunting experience.

"I was very worried that I would finish my degree and not find a job straight away," she said.

"We had educators come to the university and talk to us about all the positions available at the hospital so that made me feel a bit better about my job applications.

"Working in Rockhampton was an opportunity that I really wanted so I could stay near my family so I feel very lucky."


CQUniversity graduates are once again ahead of the national rate for graduate full-time employment, according to figures compiled by Graduate Careers Australia (GCA).

GCA had published a national graduate full-time employment rate of 71.3%, while CQUniversity has a graduate full-time employment rate at 81.1%.

CQUniversity was also ahead of the national rate across most areas of study:

Building (100% versus 77.8%)

Electrical Engineering (100% versus 86%)

Civil Engineering (94.7% versus 85.4%)

Mechanical Engineering (88.9% versus 82.4%)

Business Studies (88.5% versus 71.8%)

Education Initial (87.9% versus 70.8%)

Social Work (85.7% versus 69.9%)

Health Other (82.8% versus 69.7%)

Accounting (82.9% versus 77.4%)

Psychology (82.4% versus 56.1%)

These rates are based on the 2013 Australian Graduate Survey (AGS) data collected from 2012 graduates.

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