From one tight-knit community to another

Moving from Kununurra with no family or friends to study nursing may seem like a big move, but for Bachelor of Nursing student and The Clem & Rita Honner Perpetual Scholarship in Nursing recipient Mikayla Cooper, the decision was obvious.

“My grandma, my auntie, and my cousins are all nurses so it’s always been part of my life,” Mikayla says, “I spent some time in hospital and had a bad experience with a nurse, which motivated me to study the profession so I could be ten times better to patients than she was to me.”

Because she came from Kunnunurra, Mikayla was eligible to apply for The Clem & Rita Honner Perpetual Scholarship in Nursing, set up to assist a student from regional Western Australia who wishes to commence their undergraduate studies with the School of Nursing & Midwifery at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle.

“I had to move down to Perth by myself. So I don't have any family around me. I didn't have a job or anything. So knowing that I've got this extra support was really really, really helpful. It absolutely takes a lot of stress away.”

I liked that, coming from a small country town where you do know everybody and it's so easy to get help, I do like that I am not just a number but I’m seen as an actual person.

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