5 October 2018
Becoming a mother in 2009 provided Jessica Collins of Morayfield with the impetus to enrol at the University of the Sunshine Coast to pursue a career in midwifery.
Jessica, 35 said a negative experience during the birth of her first child fuelled her desire to make a difference as a midwife – a big shift from her previous roles in the legal industry and in human resources management.
She excelled in her studies at USC and was awarded a Faculty Medal at her graduation ceremony on Thursday, 27 September. This medal is presented to graduates who achieve a grade point average above 6.6 out of a possible 7.
Jessica, who now has two children, recently secured a graduate position as a registered midwife at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital at Birtinya and is thoroughly enjoying the work.
“My job is a truly rewarding one,” she said. “I love midwifery because I meet such a diverse range of women, with diverse needs.
“It’s a privilege to support them in one of their most significant life events and assist with the transition to motherhood.”
Jessica said she was grateful for the knowledge and experience shared by USC’s Midwifery academics, who provided her with the confidence to ensure the women she works with receive high-quality and safe care.
As part of her degree, Jessica completed a clinical placement at Caboolture Hospital and said the experience gave her with a clear understanding of what life as a midwife would be like.
Jessica said she was initially attracted to USC by the relaxed, friendly atmosphere and the abundance of wildlife of campus.
“I chose USC as I had heard really positive stories from friends who had studied there,” she said.
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