Nursing: Courtney Kubitschek

"Success to me is coming to an end of a shift and your patients ask if you will be returning tomorrow because they enjoyed your care"

Registered Nurse, Epworth Freemasons

What led you to study at the University of Melbourne?
University of Melbourne's reputation that transcends international borders and the opportunity to obtain a nursing degree in two years instead of the typical three.

What are your strongest memories of your time at the University of Melbourne?
Being on the board of the Nursing Society at Melbourne Uni allowed me to participate in organising dynamic events such as pub nights, museum tours, and an end of year formal which allowed our nursing cohort to become friends not just colleagues. People I met at these events are still some of my closest friends in Melbourne to this day.

What goals did you set yourself when you finished University and have you stuck to that plan?
My main goal post-graduation was to maintain a graduate position and further develop my care in an acute setting. With the preparation the University provided and self-determination I was able to reach this goal and am currently working in oncology, haematology and palliative care.

What/who motivated you at University?

Dr Snezana Kusljic, the instructor for the science coursework throughout the degree, inspired me with her no nonsense, passionate lectures. She showed how a deep scientific understanding of pharmacology and body systems could lay the foundation for a comprehensive assessment ultimately improving patient care.

What advice do you have for current students?
The advice I would give to current students is to begin the assignments early as the more time you have to conduct comprehensive research the better the outcome of the report will be.

What would you say is your greatest accomplishment since graduating?
My greatest accomplishment to date in the graduate program is receiving the compliment that I have become a valuable member of the oncology nursing team and that they the confidence in me to care for some of our sickest patients on the ward. I have worked hard to continue to educate myself in courses provided by the hospital and expand my knowledge in regards to haematological nursing and the staff have appreciated this.

What does being successful mean to you?
Success to me is coming to an end of a shift and your patients ask if you will be returning tomorrow because they enjoyed your care.