UQ Ipswich campus graduate of Nursing Chadd Friend with his mother Kerrie who is also a nurse.
UQ Ipswich campus graduate of Nursing Chadd Friend with his mother Kerrie who is also a nurse.

Nursing his desire to help others

IT is not a profession generally favoured by men, but for Chadd Friend, nursing was the obvious career choice.

The 21-year-old was among 52 University of Queensland students who graduated from the Bachelor of Nursing course on Tuesday, and one of the five-male cohort.

“It is a family business,” Mr Friend said.

“I'm a fourth-generation nurse.

“It just seemed like the thing to do.”

Mr Friend said he hoped to obtain a role in emergency nursing.

“I like the fact that it is changing and very dynamic,” he said.

“You always have to think on your feet and critically analyse the situation.

“It is a constant state of movement and thought.”

Before he starts work in the Australian hospital system, the new graduate and his mother will fly out on Friday to Siem Reap, Cambodia, to work as part of an aid project.

It is a challenge he embarked on in January when he and 12 other final-year nursing and midwifery students undertook a four-week Cambodian placement.

“It is a pretty destitute kind of country,” Mr Friend said.

“I hope I can use my skills and knowledge to benefit others.”

Tuesday's ceremonies saw 324 students from the Faculties of Business, Economics and Law; Arts; Health Sciences and Social and Behavioural Sciences celebrate their graduation (see left for photos).

Ipswich valedictorian Tammika Hubbard is confident of finding work in the community health and sport sector after she graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science.

As part of her degree Ms Hubbard undertook a project to develop and write a grant application for a new sport and community program for the Somerset Regional Council.

Her grant application was recently approved.



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