Georgia’s Story: putting the heart in Cardiovascular Nursing

Four nursing students sit together.

A six-week clinical placement was all that stood between Georgia and achieving her dream of graduating from the University of Adelaide Nursing School. Excited at the prospect of gaining hands-on experience, Georgia’s enthusiasm was quelled by financial hardship.

A full-time placement brought with it the challenge of balancing paid employment and student nursing, a hard task exacerbated by poor health, which led to Georgia needing a month off work at this critical time.

On top of usual living and study expenses, Georgia needs insulin to regulate her blood sugar levels. At an approximate cost of $200 a month for insulin and medical supplies, these necessities can break the bank for a full-time student. “Previously I have had to ration my insulin doses just to be able to afford transport,” she shared.


Receiving a Student Emergency grant was a turning point in Georgia’s degree.

“I could pay my rent, have adequate food, and purchase medication while completing nursing placements. Thanks to the grant, I didn’t have to choose between necessities.”

Georgia received a Student Emergency grant in March 2021, helping her to complete her final placement without the need to work demanding nightshifts at her job. The grant supported Georgia’s physical and mental wellbeing, relieving stress and enabling her to dedicate herself to learning. “The grant made the challenges I faced more manageable, and I could see a difference in myself,” Georgia said.

Georgia is an active part of the University community. In her first year of study, Georgia travelled to the Yorke Peninsula to speak with high school students about options available to them for healthcare-based University degrees, in partnership with the Adelaide University Rural Health Alliance. She has also undertaken several clinical placements, from nursing in ICU and Acute wards to providing in-home care services.

Georgia aspires to work within a Cardiovascular Investigation Suite, where heart surgeries are undertaken. She is considering returning to university to complete a Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science, specialising in Cardiology or Emergency Medicine. But for now, she has accepted a position in the Lyell McEwin Hospital’s Emergency Department where she can put into practice her education and passion for making a positive difference in patients’ lives.

A message for our donor community

Thank you. There aren’t words to say how grateful I am. Your contributions have not only helped my education and career, but I can honestly say you have positively impacted my physical and mental health. You have made my final placement the smoothest it could be, and that is priceless.Georgia

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