Student Success Story – Wendy Donohue

Student Success Story

Wendy Donohue, APC Diploma Graduate/ Nurse / Paramedic / Emergency Services Officer

The Diploma of Paramedical Science has been superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care.

Meet Wendy, APC graduate and now Registered Nurse and Registered Paramedic on a mine site in the Pilbara in Western Australia. Previous to working in mining, Wendy worked off-shore for 12 years, giving her a wealth of experience to draw upon.

Wendy absolutely loves the lifestyle of fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) – she works hard for 8-days, and then gets the next 6-days off. Although it’s hard work, solid work, 96 hours across an 8-day shift (swing). With 5am starts and a 5am finish, it’s a full 12 hours on site. When she arrives on site, she has the normal handover from the existing Emergency Services Officer (ESO), checking drugs and stock taking, as well as learning about some of the incidents that occurred the previous week. Some of the incidents can be caused by snake bites and illness, which is handy for Wendy, as she can use her nursing and emergency health care training.

In this video, Wendy shares some great advice to students who are on the Emergency Health Care journey, watch until the end, there’s some really good information.

She also covers topics such as the shift from nursing to paramedics in the mining industry, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), working off-shore, flexible learning and working while studying, and attending Clinical Workshops in Queensland.

Wendy also worked for St John as an industrial medic before paramedic registration became legislated. One of the biggest tips given is to be aware that your previous work history can count towards receiving credits for existing qualifications and life experience.

When it became time to study, Wendy found APC on Google (as most people do) and applied to study at the college. She loved the idea of being able to study in her own time and having the freedom to live her life without too much disruption. Being able to keep earning a living and studying was one of the biggest appeals of the cour.

APC gave her the flexibility to work and study. Just as with most things in life, it can be a challenge to balance work and study, although Wendy got through it with the help and support from APC trainers and Student Success teams.

She also talks about the life-long friends she made when studying at Australian Paramedical College. Some of whom are working in London as paramedics for the National Health System (NHS), others are living and working in Australia. Wendy still keeps in contact with her APC student friends, even after completing her training a few years ago.

Wendy’s advice for current APC students.

  • Starting out with your studies, make sure you have structure
  • Great time management – a good study plan
  • Life can be busy, but if you really want to get through the course, discover your best learning style
  • Head down – backside up
  • Have the ‘I can do this’ mindset and you’ll be well on  your way

If Wendy’s career journey has inspired you, be sure to reach out to one of our Course Advisors today. They can help guide you in the direction of your desired career goal.

About the Australian Paramedical College

The Australian Paramedical College is the largest pre-hospital health care training provider in Australia.

We offer three courses in the emergency health care scope:

APC’s nationally recognised emergency health care training programs provide a flexible and affordable pathway to employment in the private sector, or as a stepping stone to university. We offer the opportunity to become an emergency healthcare practitioner, regardless of your educational background.

We believe you should still pursue your goals even if your school or college grades leave you wondering if it’s at all possible to do this level of study. As Wendy said in her interview, if you really want this, you need to think along the lines of ‘I can do this’. It’s up to you to make that choice whether you want to work in the industry, gain qualifications that could take you anywhere in the world, where you can enjoy new experiences and make lifelong friendships along the way.

Follow your dreams, listen to your heart and become the person who saves lives and makes a real difference in the world.

What is your career journey?

To discover how you can become a fully qualified Ambulance Paramedic or Basic/Advanced Life Support Medic, complete a personalised paramedical career development plan.