As a Registered Nurse and Midwife in the Bundaberg region, Maddison feels privileged to assist women with the most “incredible, life-changing experience everyday”. And she has CQUni to thank for the honour after she was accepted into the Graduate Midwifery Scholarship program. She’s proud to also highlight her other hard-working colleagues for National Midwives’ Week.
What was a recent highlight in your life?
Gaining a graduate position at the Bundaberg Base Hospital as a Registered Nurse and Midwife. I have been working there now for a little over 9 months and have loved absolutely every moment of it. Not only the amazing team of midwives that I work with, or the beautiful women and families I get to support and guide through a truly breathtaking experience, but also because of the fact that I get to do what I truly love doing every day as a JOB!!
What was the moment that made you choose your career?
I have always been fascinated about pregnancy, labour and birth, and even as a child in preschool when they asked us “what do you want to be when you grow up” I drew a picture of me with a little me inside my tummy with the captions “A Mummy”. When I was studying Nursing I felt steered towards maternity and development as it really fascinated me. When it came time to apply for jobs I was not 100% satisfied with Nursing and felt I wanted to continue my studies, but really didn’t know what I should do, so I discussed options with my mum. She was the one who planted the idea of becoming a Midwife in my head and I’ve never looked back.
What is a motto or phrase that you live by?
What my Dad always says, “You can sleep when you’re dead!”
Why should people study at CQUni?
It is a fantastic university! It provides great support networks, with both lecturers and other students, it has a wide range of up-to-date resources and databases for research, and is just a great place overall to begin or continue studying.
What’s your favourite karaoke song and why?
Drunk In Love by Beyoncé, because it’s a song my twin sister and I always sing together before a night out.
Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
When I was at the Youth Olympics in 2010 (I competed in European Handball), my team and I were watching the girls finals where one of the teams that was playing was Denmark (the top team at the time). We had lost against them miserably, but they were all lovely and gracious winners. We were all cheering for them, and about half way through the game a few men in front of us who were from Denmark turned around to say thank you for the support one of the men was Prince Frederick of Denmark! We were able to have a quick chat to him and a photo, which was pretty amazing.