Date: September 2022
University: University of Southern Queensland
Field of Study: Nursing
Holly is a UniSQ nursing student undertaking placement for 8 weeks in Chinchilla.
Holly’s husband and children came to visit her for the school holidays and check out the sweet sights of Chinchilla.
We asked her a few questions to get to know her and learn about her rural placement.
Q: What are you studying?
A: Bachelor of Nursing at UniSQ
Q: Where are you from?
A: My family and I live in St George where I study and work as a medical receptionist.
Q: What year are you in?
A: 3rd year
Q: What has been your favourite area of study so far?
A: I enjoy anything that is hands on and then putting that into practice.
Q: Tell us about your placement.
A: I am in Chinchilla for eight weeks. I’m really enjoying the longer placement because I feel like I’ve got time to work on things and really cement my skills. Shorter placements can be harder because you have to move on just after you have settled. I have four kids at home but my husband and I have been able to shuffle a few things and make it work. I’m currently staying in the SQRH house which has been a great support, especially having my own en suite so I don’t disturb the other students while I do early and late shifts.
Q: What have you been up to in Chinchilla?
A: I really like heading to The Downtown Café. I’ve taken my kids to the Brigalow Bush Carnival where we saw the fireworks. They also loved the splash park, botanical gardens, the big watermelon and the cinemas.
Q: What made you want to go rural for your placement?
A: This was in line with where I want to go after graduation. Going rural also meant I could do eight weeks in the same location for my continuity of learning.
Q: What do you hope to do when you graduate?
A: I want to work in a rural and remote hospital, hopefully in my hometown of St George.
We wish you all the best with your study and career Holly!
From Toowoomba to Charleville, Kingaroy to Goondiwindi, our students’ complete rural placements all over regional, rural, and remote Southern Queensland (across more than 400,000 square kilometres).
Learn first-hand from students, just like yourself, about their experience going on a rural placement, and why it’s an experience like no other!