Since graduating from his Diploma of Enrolled Nursing in 2017, nurse Luke Sondergeld has embraced his role in the health industry. During his studies at the Rockhampton campus, Luke’s passion came to the fore; not only was he a dedicated nursing student, but a member of the Student Representative Council and the Student Participation and Retention Committee. He was also instrumental in the implementation of the Peer Assisted Support Scheme for all TAFE students.
What is your favourite film or book of all time?
The Star Wars series.
Are you a CQUni Alumni? If so, what did you graduate in?
I completed my Diploma of Nursing at the end of 2017.
What was a recent highlight of your life?
Finding out my wife is pregnant again.
Have there been any awkward moments while you’ve been studying at CQUni?
Being the only male in the class with regular attendance I was the living dummy for electrocardiographs (ECG).
What is the best thing about being at CQUni?
The feeling of family and camaraderie that you get from the staff and other students.
Who has made an impact on your life? Why?
Brett Westcott, a Naval Commander I served under. He pushed me to levels I never thought possible. He accepted nothing shy of excellence and managed to squeeze it out of everyone who served under him.
What was the moment that made you choose your career?
I had a series of unfortunate medical events that led to many trips to the ER, surgeries and nights in hospital. During my time there I reflected on my love of medicine and what my role could be in the industry. I noted that my stay was made bearable by the unending attention paid to me by the nurses. I looked into what it took to become a nurse, the time and funds became available to study, so I leapt.
Describe the greatest moment of your life so far?
The birth of my first daughter.
What is a motto or phrase that you live by?
Maintain the rage.
What do you love most about your role?
I get to see the first look of a newborn, the last of the elderly. I am the warm hand in an otherwise cold and sterile environment. I am part of a profession that is compassionate, caring and selfless. I have the best job in the world.