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Olivia graduates to become a healthcare hero

Olivia Eriksen CQUniversity nursing graduate
Recent CQUniversity Bundaberg graduate Olivia Eriksen is pursuing her career in nursing after noticing the critical need for healthcare professionals.

A desire to make a positive impact in the world helped recent CQUniversity graduate Olivia Eriksen pursue her nursing career with passion and purpose.

When Olivia completed high school in 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, she said the critical need for healthcare professionals was more apparent than ever before.

“As COVID was still making its way into our everyday lives, I knew the demand wasn’t going to go away and I always had a passion for caring for others,” Olivia said.

“I am very much a team player and I find that I am extremely passionate about caring for those in extremely vulnerable situations. “

While she was initially interested in a dual degree in nursing and paramedicine, Olivia said she found her calling in nursing at CQUniversity Bundaberg.

“CQU was the best university option for me as they were able to offer my degree externally,” Olivia said.

“I was able to stay in my hometown and study whilst also working through COVID.

“Studying is like a rollercoaster; it always had its ups and downs and for short stints it would plateau.

“Sometimes I found it difficult to manage working full-time to get an income whilst also studying full-time, financial hardships during periods of inflation in the world and finding enough time to enjoy a social life that was outside studying.

“But I always strive to be the best nurse I can be and am always looking for extra opportunities to expand my skillset and knowledge.”

Hard work and determination

As a first-in-family university student, Olivia shared that her graduation in 2023 was an accumulation of her own hard work and determination, alongside the unwavering support of her family.

Now, as a Registered Nurse in the perioperative department at St. Vincent’s Private Hospital in Toowoomba, Olivia is eager to continue learning and growing in her career.

“During the 12-month program, I rotate throughout all different areas of the department to have a taste of what each nursing role entails in each area,” she said.

“I have realised just how impactful you can be in such a short period of time with the patient.

“My future plans are to pursue postgraduate studies and eventually becoming a clinical nurse.

“I would love to be able to teach aspiring nursing students in the future and pass on my knowledge to them.”

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