IN MANY ways, Danielle Taylor is the face of a modern paramedic.
After three years at the University of Tasmania, and six years working at the Launceston Ambulance Station, Ms Taylor has finished a year of additional study to become an intensive care paramedic.
The Prospect 27-year-old was the only Northern Tasmanian paramedic to graduate with the qualification at a ceremony on March 11.
Ms Taylor said she had to take written and practical exams, and do a panel interview, before she could even begin the ``challenging'' 12-month course.
``I'd been working five years before I decided to do it, and it's just something I wanted to do more myself, to improve my skills and clinical practice, and challenge myself and strive to be better,'' Ms Taylor said.
``It was a fairly tough year, to balance full-time work and study. It was a bit stressful sometimes.''
Ms Taylor said the qualification gave her more skills, a broader scope of practice, and allowed her to administer different drugs.
``It just helps me do more to benefit the public and the community,'' she said.