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  • hi my name is Belinda Abbott and I'm the clinical nurse consultant on ward

  • 2C Neurosciences in the division of Surgery at the Princess Alexandra

  • Hospital in Brisbane

  • there were other universities that offered courses around nursing

  • leadership and health management but Southern Cross University online was the

  • only one that offered the interdisciplinary approach I was looking

  • for this approach is the actual way of the future in health care in terms of

  • working together with other departments to provide the best practice and the

  • best patient and consumer outcomes

  • blackboard which is the online learning platform was extremely easy to use and

  • navigate it was fantastic that I could communicate and receive feedback and

  • support from other healthcare professionals

  • during the course through the online discussion board

  • I think online study has become easy-to-use since the last postgraduate

  • course I did back in 2005 the technology has improved and the experience is far

  • more straightforward and user-friendly the coursework is interactive dynamic

  • and engaging for students

  • I receive support from my very own Student Success Adviser they contacted

  • me on a regular basis through phone calls and email I always knew that ther

  • was support wherever and whenever I needed it the academics and tutors were

  • also very supportive and encouraging throughout the course

  • I think the biggest challenge of online study for me was to balance family

  • full-time work and study but I constantly tried to reflect on the

  • reason why I was undertaking the course which enabled me to remain organised I

  • believe being self driven and motivated is so important I also had to identify

  • times where I'd fit in study and assignment work in amongst all my other

  • commitments I found that some of the work I was undertaking each week could be

  • transferred over into my own assignments I can strongly state that Southern Cross

  • University online has been an extremely positive experience and I've gained so

  • much over the last two years

hi my name is Belinda Abbott and I'm the clinical nurse consultant on ward

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