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Dream comes true for hard working nursing student

By Patrick Nelson

Nursing lecturer Robin Cross congratulates graduate Liezle Borinaga Nursing lecturer Robin Cross congratulates graduate Liezle Borinaga

Graduate Liezle Borinaga’s dream of becoming a registered nurse has finally come true despite her thinking at times that it might be beyond reach.

The high-achiever, who graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing in Alice Springs last month, said perseverance and self-sacrifice were the keys that helped her complete the award.

“I thought that because of life’s obstacles I might never become a nurse, but if you pursue your goals nothing is impossible,” she said.

Ms Borinaga made the comment during the Student Response, which she delivered on behalf of the 487 graduates who were acknowledged for their academic achievements at the annual graduation ceremony in the Red Centre.

“For many of us, it has been an adventurous path,” she said.

“We are students of different ages and different ethnicities with different life experiences.

“In my case I have been in Alice Springs for 11 years, having come from the Philippines.

“I consider myself a local, given that I have seen the Todd River flow more than three times.”

Ms Borinaga said the research component of her degree had helped her gain a better understanding of how evidence-based practice was an important component of nursing care.

“It also helped me become more aware that collaborative care produces better patient outcomes.”

Ms Borinaga thanked nursing lecturers Robin Cross, Loveness Marerwa and Dr Colin Watson.

“You counselled us in our moments of distress, you gave us some laughs and occasionally some very tricky exam questions,” she said.

“I also thank you for our clinical placements. We often heard from the hospitals in which we worked that Charles Darwin University students were highly regarded because of our initiative, inquisitive minds and our ability to engage with patients.

“We leave CDU with degrees of exemplary quality.”

Ms Borinaga dedicated her achievement to her late father who she said taught her how to be determined in pursuing goals in life.