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ECU nursing graduates help fill the gap

Monday, 17 March 2008

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Last night over 210 Edith Cowan University (ECU) students from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine celebrated their graduation at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre.

In total, 380 students completed their studies at the end of 2007 and many have already gained employment in WA hospitals, helping to alleviate nursing shortages across the state.

The number of paramedics in WA will also receive a boost with 29 students completing the Bachelor of Paramedical Science, allowing them to become fully qualified paramedics after a one year internship with St John Ambulance.

Paramedical Science student and Hillarys resident, Dimitra Ibrahim was one of the graduates, and is already thinking about postgraduate study.

Dimitra won the William Bryant Scholarship from the Australian College of Ambulance Professionals and attended the Austrauma 2008 conference in Sydney earlier this year.

Following on from the conference, Dimitra has been invited to travel to hospitals in Jerusalem and Johannesburg to observe trauma management practices.

"Completing my degree has been a huge achievement for me and I'm really looking forward to going overseas to learn more about serious trauma care" she said.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox says the graduation ceremony is a great opportunity for students to celebrate their achievement.

"We are very proud of all our graduates and their achievements" he said.

"Many of our graduates have already accepted exciting opportunities in their chosen field, while others have already commenced postgraduate courses."

Graduation ceremonies for the Faculty of Business and Law and the Faculty of Computing Health and Science were held at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre Sunday 16 March.

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