Volunteer work with St John’s Ambulance and Barwon Health, and setting up a club for nursing students at Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Melbourne Campus, are just some of the ways nursing student Georgia Corrie has demonstrated a passion for health care leadership.
The 19-year-old was recently selected as one of five nursing students from universities around Australia for the 2013 Emerging Nurse Leader (ENL) program – aiming to develop leaders in nursing and participants in health care policy in Australia. The ENL program – an initiative of Australian College of Nursing (ACN) – identifies nursing students with a commitment to leadership in the health care industry through involvement in community engagement initiatives.
Participants have access to a five year fully-funded program of professional development in clinical, educational, academic and research settings – and are supported in their learning by highly skilled mentors. “I am passionate about Indigenous health,” said Georgia. “I am specifically interested in becoming a leader in this area of nursing when I graduate. I want to look at ways to minimise inequalities in the health care of Australian Indigenous populations by increasing immunisation rates, reducing rates of rheumatic heart disease, and improving basic hygiene standards".
“I was accepted into ACU through the Early Achievers’ Program (EAP) – and the ENL program will help me to further develop my skills as a nurse leader while I complete my nursing degree”.