Hard work, study key: intensive care paramedic

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.

Ambulance Tasmania paramedic Danielle Taylor has recently completed studies and is now an intensive care paramedic based in Launceston. Picture: MARK JESSER

Ambulance Tasmania paramedic Danielle Taylor has recently completed studies and is now an intensive care paramedic based in Launceston. Picture: MARK JESSER