Army nurse wins prestigious scholarship

An Australian Army nursing officer and war veteran has been awarded a Bonnie Boezeman scholarship to further her leadership goals.

FILE PHOTO (December 2011): Australian Army trauma nurse then Lieutenant now Lieutenant Colonel Kylie Hasse, in a medical facility where she cared for many Afghan locals, as well as Australian and Coalition military personnel at Tarin Kot, Afghanistan. Story courtesy of Souther Cross University. Photo by Leading Seaman Andrew Dakin.

The scholarship, awarded by Bonnie Boezeman in partnership with Chief Executive Women (CEW), supports a female nurse to study the Master of Healthcare Leadership.

Lieutenant Colonel Kylie Hasse is a nurse and senior health officer in the Australian Army who has been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

During her deployment in the Middle East she witnessed extensive trauma cases as a result of conflict, treating and coordinating mass-casualty events.

She was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal for outstanding leadership and dedication to duty as a nursing officer.

Lieutenant Colonel Hasse said she had worked hard to build her confidence by seeking out education opportunities wherever she could.

“Being a role model for nurses within the defence force and assisting with the growth and development of the profession is something I really value.

“You can’t be what you can’t see,” she said.

In addition to her stellar defence force career, Kylie Hasse is also mother to two young girls and mentor to young women leaders.

“I am part of a STEM group mentoring young Indigenous female leaders.

“It’s impressive to see how they take on the challenges they face – they inspire me to be a better leader.”

Receiving the scholarship felt ‘a little surreal,’ Lieutenant Colonel Hasse said, but she is looking forward to beginning her studies in healthcare leadership later this year at Southern Cross University.

“Often, as a nurse within the Australian Army, you have a little understanding about where your merits sit among our civilian counterparts.

“It’s an honour to be part of a network focused on supporting nurses to build and achieve their leadership potential,” she said.

“Nursing has far reaching responsibilities such as critical care, nursing homes, pandemics as well as nursing within the Australian Defence Forces.”

Bonnie Boezeman, Scholarship Benefactor and founding member of CEW, said the resilience shown by this year’s outstanding winner in her varied and successful career, made Kylie Hasse a worthy candidate for her next step along her leadership path.


About Chief Executive Women

Chief Executive Women’s shared mission is ‘women leaders enabling other women leaders’.
CEW’s 640 members hold leading roles in Australia’s largest private and public organisations.
Since 1985, CEW has influenced and engaged all levels of Australian business and government to achieve gender balance.
Through advocacy, research, targeted programs and scholarships, CEW helps to remove the barriers to women’s progression and ensure equal opportunity for prosperity.
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About the Master of Healthcare Leadership

The Master of Healthcare Leadership, offered at Southern Cross University, is designed to give professionals a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on the changing face of healthcare.
Registered nurses, for example, with many years of experience who want to move out of direct care, or allied health professionals working in physiotherapy, osteopathy, counselling or optometry, wanting to start their own practice, could benefit from this course.





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