29 Apr 2022
“Challenging but worth it” is how former Gympie bookkeeper Felicity Rogers describes graduating with a Nursing Science degree from the University of the Sunshine Coast and embarking on a career as a health professional in her local community.
Felicity was among a large cohort of Nursing Science students from USC Gympie who came together recently at Graduation, at USC’s Sunshine Coast campus, to celebrate their academic and career success.
Many have gained highly competitive positions in Queensland Health’s Graduate Registered Nurse program, including Felicity who is working in the acute services unit at Gympie Hospital with the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.
“Being a busy mum of three children while studying full-time and working part-time with a FIFO husband sure presented plenty of challenges,” Felicity said.
“But all the late-night study sessions and the stress was all worth it as I am absolutely loving being a registered nurse," she said.
“Graduation day with the friends I made while studying at USC Gympie was such a great feeling. After having to change to online learning halfway through our degree due to COVID, it was wonderful to celebrate together all we had achieved.
“Being able to have my family there and seeing how proud they were of me was also a huge highlight.”
Despite always wanting a career where she could help others, Felicity said university was never something she considered when completing high school.
“I worked as a bookkeeper after school and then in the mining industry before having my children. I then studied a dual Certificate IV in bookkeeping and accounting at TAFE, which gave me the confidence to apply to university,” she said.
“USC’s Gympie campus gave me the opportunity to study Nursing Science without having to move away to study, and I worked for Queensland Health as a USIN (undergraduate student in nursing) while completing my degree.”
Applications are open to study at USC starting Semester 2.
Gympie workshop to teach steps to reduce risk of falls4 Jul
The University of the Sunshine Coast will hold a free falls prevention workshop for elderly Gympie residents and their family and friends, carers and those working in the disability and aged care sectors.
Top honour for graduate who ignored advice she shouldn’t go to uni12 Apr
Told she wasn’t “university material” in high school, Belgium-born Liesbeth Borburgh never anticipated more than a decade later she would receive the highest academic honour for a graduating student from a university on the other side of the world.
Graduating dad opts to sit with kids – to watch mum cross the stage instead10 Apr
Only one of them will cross the stage at a University of the Sunshine Coast graduation ceremony this week but husband and wife graduating students Clayton and Lisa James wouldn’t have it any other way