Australia 2014 - Emma Palmer Student Child Branch

Australia 2014 - Emma Palmer Student Child Branch

Emma Palmer was one of our first undergraduate students to embark upon an Undergraduate International Exchange Programme with the School back in the 2008/2009 Academic Year. After returning from her experience at Griffith University and Gold Coast Hospital within Queensland Health to complete her undergraduate studies back at Keele, Emma returned to Australia in 2010 and again in 2012 where she now permanently lives and works at a nearby hospital. We decided to catch up with Emma following her initial undergraduate placement to hear more about the progress she has made and understand the immense long term inspiration embarking upon an initial International Exchange with Keele has granted her.

I am still in the emergency team for paediatrics, team leading, I love it! We have a new hospital being built at the moment, its called Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, it is a huge place! I have been involved with the transition on joining the two largest hospitals in Brisbane, The Mater and The Royal Children’s together for the new hospital. I have worked in the emergency department at the Royal for a few months to distinguish what works well in both departments so that we can implement all good practices into our new hospital. I am involved with policy development for paediatrics also; we had our hospital assessment and had to get all policies up to date for the accreditation. I have completed post graduate courses in paediatrics from oncology, renal and general nursing care for children and have just accepted a full scholarship to complete my Masters in child, youth and community nursing starting in July. 

After completing the overseas trip for my Undergraduate course in 2008, I worked at UHNS in the short stay medical assessment ward for a year, then got my working holiday visa for Australia and flew back to travel and work for a year in 2010. I travelled in a loop from Cairns, drove to Brisbane, worked in Brisbane PICU and the Paediatric wards as an agency nurse for 4 months, then went to Sydney for New Years. I stayed in Batemans Bay for a few weeks, drove to Melbourne stopping all the way and then met Nick in Melbourne, who I am now engaged to be married to in July! I flew to Perth and completed a 2 month trip to Margaret River. Then travelled on a huge 4 wheel drive up the coast to Broome, drove in land to Karijini National Park (highly recommend going there!) and then up to Darwin. I went from there to Alice Springson via the Gharn train, travelled Ayres Rock, Valley of the Winds and Kings Canyon and then flew back to Cairns. Whilst in Melbourne I applied for a short term contract in a babies and medical ward, and got accepted for the 3 month job whilst away, so I flew back to Melbourne and worked there!

I flew back to the UK after the year in Australia (and missed Nick very much of course), so I applied for a permanent job in the ward next door to the one I had worked at before due to my manager having no jobs there at the time. She gave a reference to the new manager, and I had a Skype interview at 2am UK time, in my PJ's and thankfully got the job! I worked in PICU and the wards at UHNS for 3 months, then flew to Australia with Nick, and lived I have lived here ever since! I applied for my residency after a year of being in Australia, and it came through in 3 days. I'm applying for my citizenship next year so I can come and go whenever I please!

April 2014 - Emma Palmer

Top 10 in Nursing for The Complete University Guide 2020 Student Nursing Times Awards 2019 finalist Bronze Athena Swan Award