Mother/daughter duo Claire and Danielle Cannon’s lifetime of memories has been bolstered by sharing their latest milestone together; the pair are part of the 117 graduate nurses who will complete their graduate year at The Townsville Hospital in 2017.
Claire completed her Bachelor of Nursing Science and Danielle has a dual degree in Nursing and Midwifery from James Cook University.
“Prior to starting my degree I was a teacher aide. I found myself with an opportunity to go back and study so I decided to go to university,” Claire said.
“In England I worked in the mental health sector so I knew I wanted to get back into health; nursing seemed like an interesting choice.
“It’s exciting to be going into this career together.” Danielle and Claire said, while the two had very different learning styles, there were alot of advantages to studying the same degree. “Because we started studying in different years we only had a few subjects together but it was good to bounce ideas off each other and debrief,” Danielle said. “It was good to have an understanding of what the other was going through,” Claire said.
“There’d be times when Danielle would say ‘I can’t do this’ and I’d tell her ‘If I can do it, you can do it’.”
The pair said they were incredibly proud of each other. “I got a little bit emotional when I watched mum graduate,” Danielle said. “She has a great work ethic and I am so proud of what she has achieved.”
“Danielle has made us so proud; she is very clever and I feel like I have a lot of live up to as a nurse,” Claire said. “I know that she will really go places in her career.” Townsville Hospital and Health Board Chair Tony Mooney said the 2017 graduates would be an asset to the Townsville Hospital and Health Service’s nursing workforce.
“Nurses play a vital role throughout a person’s life; from the moment we are born through to aged care, nurses are there for us at all stages of our life,” he said. “I’d like to wish the nurses all the best as they embark on their new careers and have no doubt that each and every one of them will make a real difference to those we care for, upholding the exceptional standard of nurses at the Townsville Hospital and Health Service.”