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Nursing student Joakim named Ramsay Cadet of the Year

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Published
20 December 2023

Southern Cross University Bachelor of Nursing student Joakim Henriquez Gents has been named the 2023 Ramsay Health Cadet of the Year.

The Ramsay Cadetship is a partnership between Ramsay Health and local universities to provide a student with hands-on clinical experience and support throughout their nursing studies.

The Cadet is also offered the opportunity to gain casual employment within the organisation while they study and they complete all clinical placements within John Flynn Hospital or other Ramsay facilities.

“The cadetship program was great because it allowed me to try different areas and specialties that I would not have been able to on other placements. ”

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Ramsay Health Student Coordinator Eleanor Bury said she nominated Joakim because of his ability to build strong relationships with his peers and colleagues, his consistent dedication to patient safety, reflections on clinical practice and his demonstration of integrity and patient-centred care.

Joakim said he was thrilled to be recognised as Cadet of the Year. “I felt very privileged and happy my efforts were recognised, especially the time and effort I put into doing research, learning and writing my SPROUT reflections each week.

“The cadetship program was great because it allowed me to try different areas and specialties that I would not have been able to on other placements. The facilitators were great as well, very supportive and encouraging and made the experience memorable.” 

During his placement Joakim gained experience in the emergency department, intensive care unit, coronary care unit and a surgical ward. He has now concluded his final placement and is waiting for his AHPRA registration to come through before beginning a graduate program.

“Thanks to the great preparation and training we got through the ‘transition to practice’ unit at Southern Cross Uni, I got accepted to all the grad programs I applied for. In the end I accepted the grad program at Gold Coast University Hospital in the Emergency department. The plan now is to do my grad year there and eventually do some postgraduate studies,” he said.

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