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Through supporting their education and research our Scholarship recipients make a big impact. Here’s what they have to say:
Kerry Hampton, Nurses Memorial Centre Scholarship Recipient (2012)
‘Without the foresight and generosity of scholarship providers like the Nurses Memorial Centre, undertaking a higher degree would be nearly impossible. In my research project, I examined fertility-awareness knowledge, attitudes and practices of women and their primary care practitioners – general practitioners (GPs) and practice nurses (PNs).
My findings have informed a different primary care model in fertility-awareness, holding the potential to both reduce infertility in general practice and extend the scope of practice and increase career pathways for nurses and midwives in the general practice setting. In 2014, I was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy from Monash University, and this year I received the 2014 School of Primary Health Care Best Thesis Award. This award is based on the examiners’ reports that placed my thesis within the top 20% of theses internationally for its contribution of new knowledge in the primary care of infertile women and for advancing nursing and midwifery.’
Christine While, Australian Legion of Ex-servicemen and Women Scholarship Recipient (2015)
‘I have been nursing for over 25 years, most of it as a community nurse visiting older people in their own home. It has been a great career choice for me. I am in awe of the NMC Founders wisdom and vision for the nursing profession. For decades the NMC has been awarding scholarships, which means there is a huge cohort of nurses out there contributing evidence based care to the health of the Australian community.
My PhD research is exploring the relationships that people with dementia have with their homes and the impact of community service provision on the person’s relationship with their home using digital story telling. I am learning how to undertake research and at the same time I am developing new evidence that will inform nursing knowledge and practice in the future.’
For further information on either of these students and their research, please contact the Nurses Memorial Centre.