Louise to get a dose of international medicine
TRAVELLING nursing student Louise Star is packing up her stethoscope as she prepares to make the voyage to Singapore and Germany in hopes of getting her head start as an overseas nurse.
Gracemere girl Louise, who is a first-year nursing student at CQUniversity, said her passion for the career was passed down from her mum.
"My mum's a nurse so I guess I'm following in her footsteps," she said.
"I'm also getting really good marks and my semester results come out today."
Louise will travel to Singapore with her fellow nursing students next month to experience what it's like to work in an overseas hospital.
She said she was most excited about experiencing the different cultures and the diverse medical treatment.
"We get to go to Sheng hospital but I'm a first-year student so I just get to watch," Louise said.
"I don't quite have enough courses behind me yet to jump in and help."
Louise is among nine CQUniversity students who secured a spot in the CQUGlobal program after the university secured $500,000 in grants to send Aussie students overseas to study.
Louise's main motivation to join the program was the experience she would gain and the contacts she would make.
Singapore will be just the first stop for Louise as shortly after she arrives home she leaves for Germany where she will be hosted by a local family.
Louise said the trips to both Germany and Singapore would be beneficial as she wanted to be a travelling nurse once she finished her degree and the experience would give her an advantage over others.
"My ultimate goal is to be a travel nurse in Europe so picking up how to speak German would be great," she said.
"The aim is to make as many contacts as possible so I ultimately would have a step up in the career I want."
She said she didn't think she would have had quite the same opportunity if the university didn't offer the program.
"The trip gives me the chance to skip my honours and go straight onto a program like Doctors Without Borders," she said.
"I have two years left of study and am excited to become a travelling nurse."