Bachelor of Nursing student Phoebe Bickell is thoroughly enjoying her time with CQUniversity. Not only is she so dedicated to her studies that she recently earned herself a CQUniversity Student Award, but she’s also travelling the country and working with nurses and patients in remote communities like the Northern Territory. A true inspiration for anyone looking to enter the health sector.
What was a recent highlight of your life?
My latest clinical placement in the Northern Territory. It was facilitated in Alice Springs at the largest renal dialysis unit, not just in Australia, but in the southern hemisphere! The majority of our patients were Indigenous, so I felt very privileged to have been given such a warm welcome to Arrernte country by one of the traditional owners, who happened to be a renal patient. Whilst there, I was given a lesson in traditional dot painting and a couple of my patients also took the time to teach me a few words in their language. Their warmth and kindness was truly special! I also had the opportunity to visit the NT Royal Flying Doctors Service Base which gave me a new appreciation for their vital role in the delivery of rural and remote healthcare. Overall, it was a brilliant clinical and cultural experience!
What is your favourite film of all time?
I’d have to say the film Patch Adams. It’s a movie that inspires me every time I watch it and reminds me why I chose to be a nurse.
What is the best thing about being at CQUni?
As a Nursing student, I’ve been given many unique opportunities and felt valued as a student, not just a mere number in a class. The Nursing program is truly outstanding, with students being given the opportunity to experience ‘Mask-Ed’ in the classroom, an innovative simulation technique which bridges the gap between theory and clinical practice.
Who has made an impact on your life? Why?
Definitely my Mum. She’s without question the most amazing woman I know and has played an unparalleled role in shaping the person I am today. She’s always believed in me, loved me and encouraged me to chase my dreams.
What is a motto or phrase that you live by?
We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
If you were down to your last $10, what would you buy?
It would definitely be something edible – I’d like to think I’d be smart and buy something healthy, but I’d most likely spend it on chocolate and a good coffee!