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ECU nursing graduate following in her mother’s footsteps

Monday, 25 January 2010


Nursing graduate Stephanie Davis is off to an exciting start in her nursing career after graduating from ECU on Sunday, 31 January.

Stephanie, aged 24, became interested in nursing when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 12.

"While undergoing treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital I spent a lot of time chatting to the nurses and watching them work. I admired what they did and wanted to be just like them," she said.

"However, despite this admiration I initially decided to study sports science rather than nursing. It was only while working as a Patient Service Assistant at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and observing the health care team work together that I changed my degree to my true passion of nursing.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, said that with state-of-the-art facilities, and the largest undergraduate nursing program in Western Australia, ECU is well-positioned to continue to provide highly-skilled healthcare professionals to hospitals across the state, and throughout Australia.

"Our staff have a passion for finding better ways to educate and train nurses, midwives, paramedics and other health professionals, and to enhance their capacity to contribute to the improved wellbeing of members of our community," he said.

Stephanie is not the only nurse in her family, with her mother Sue currently the Director of Nursing at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Sue has worked as a nurse for more than 35 years after completing her Hospital Based Nursing Diploma at SCGH in 1973 (and her Nursing Degree at the WA Institute of Technology  in 1984).

"Mum has been a great inspiration to me and a fantastic support network. Her experience in the profession combined with her understanding of the stresses associated with nursing have been invaluable," says Stephanie.

Stephanie will commence a graduate employment program February this year, as well as starting her Masters in Clinical Nursing at ECU. Her long term goal is to work as a Paediatric Nurse at Princess Margaret Hospital.

"I think nursing is a great career that will provide me with a lifetime of interesting and rewarding opportunities. Mum always thought I would enjoy nursing and she was definitely right, I love it!"

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