Student nurse wins Bowler Award
Friday, 25th May, 2012
By Erica Visser
Nursing student Paige Nash has been given a helping hand towards her final year of study after receiving the $5000 David Bowler Memorial scholarship.
The 21-year-old is completing her degree externally through the University of South Australia while working as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) at the Broken Hill Hospital.
The David Bowler Memorial Award, sponsored by the Far West Local Health District and City Council, is an annual grant that commemorates the name and work of the late Dr Bowler who was a highly-respected paediatrician at the hospital.
Miss Nash said that she had always wanted to work in the health sector and was particularly interested in paediatrics.
“I like having the ability to care for people when they are at their most vulnerable and nursing is such a diverse career; you can go anywhere with it, it’s so different every day,” she said.
Broken Hill Health Service General Manager, Nigel Carlton, congratulated Paige on winning the scholarship which attracted 17 applicants.
Mr Carlton said it was designed to encourage locals to pursue studies in a health-related field with a view to then working in Broken Hill.
“I’m very pleased that she wishes to work in the Broken Hill Health Service Unit upon her graduation,” said Mr Carlton.
Mayor Wincen Cuy said the local community should feel very proud of young achievers such as Paige.
“Not only is Paige pursuing a very important career path, but her desire to utilise those skills for the benefit of Broken Hill is something to be commended,” Mayor Cuy said.
“It is that type of attitude that will help our city prosper into the future and I hope that other younger members of the Broken Hill community follow the example that Paige is setting.
“I am sure that Paige’s parents are particularly proud of their daughter, and rightly so - she is a tremendous role model for the youth of Broken Hill.”