Professor Geoffrey Driscoll Nursing Scholarships for Haematology and Related Nursing

The Australian College of Nursing Graduate Certificate of Cancer Nursing provides nurses with the knowledge and skills required to coordinate safe, evidence based cancer care. The course aims to enhance students professional and ethical understanding in order to facilitate clinical practice development and improve patient outcomes.

The course provides nurses with the opportunity to obtain formal qualifications in cancer care learnt through distance education. Nurses are able to tailor the course to further explore specific clinical areas of interest related to cancer nursing including haematology nursing and cellular therapies.

The Professor Geoffrey Driscoll Nursing Scholarships encourages the interest and specialisation into haematology nursing by funding one or more of the following specific modules related to the Graduate Certificate of Cancer Nursing course:

  • Principles of Cancer Care
  • Foundations of Haematology Nursing
  • Cellular Therapies

The Professor Geoffrey Driscoll Nursing Scholarship was developed by Geoff’s wife Mrs Jan Driscoll and her family following the passing of Geoff.  Geoff was first diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006, and following radiotherapy and chemotherapy, was in and out of remission for his remaining years. Sadly, in May 2016, he developed Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Following months of gruelling chemotherapy and an unsuccessful stem cell transplant, Geoff succumbed to the disease in October 2016.

During the last five months of his life, his close-knit family, spent their days together on St Vincent’s level 9, or at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre, supporting him with all the love and compassion he so richly deserved.

There was however, in the Haematology ward at St Vincent’s, a degree of support from the nursing staff that was quite unexpectedly remarkable. Not only as a patient but as a doctor, Geoff knew that his chance of recovery was slim. He depended on the expertise of the medical practitioners who treated him, but it was the professional and consistently high level of nursing care that made his day-to-day existence, under such trying circumstances, tolerable.

His family wanted to mark this very special man’s life by establishing a scholarship. The Professor Geoffrey Driscoll Scholarship for Haematology and Related Nursing is their way of saying thank you to all those specialist, caring nurses and to encourage more to take up the study of haematology and related blood disorders, so they too can continue to make an incredible impact on other patients’ medical journeys.

If you are a nurse interested in furthering your knowledge and qualifications in the area of haematology nursing please enquire with us at info@arrow.org.au

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