Linda Richardson and Karissa Daniels on their graduation day.
Linda Richardson and Karissa Daniels on their graduation day. Alan Mason

Mum and daughter nurse ambitions

MOTHER and daughter duo Linda Richardson and Karissa Daniels now have even more in common.

In a rare double act, they’ve just graduated as registered nurses from Southern Cross University at Coffs Harbour.

“Mum’s very academic and such a knowledgeable person and she helped me and I helped her in the clinical side,” Karissa said.

“I was so proud of mum to go back to university and finish a degree. I was so proud to see her on stage.

“It was pretty special – we lasted the distance but we pulled a few hairs out on the way.”

Early on in the piece, the pair didn’t reveal they were related.

“We wanted to be our own person and didn’t want people to know we were mother and daughter,” Karissa said.

“But it was hard because I let a few things slip and people eventually found out.”

Their journey began when they applied for a Bachelor of Nursing course in 2007. Karissa was living in Mount Isa at the time and Linda was at Urunga.

Karissa rang her mum to tell her she’d made “a big life change and decided to go to uni”.

Imagine the surprise when Linda told her she had as well.

“She got accepted before I did but then I got my acceptance and I packed up and moved here at the beginning of 2007,” Karissa said.

Karissa was previously a support worker with indigenous children and wanted to do forensic nursing in Queensland, where it is a requirement to be a registered nurse to perform morgue work.

“I had started my nursing 10 years ago and put it off but I decided to go back and finish it off,” she said.

“Mum was working in aged care and she wanted to get her degree to have a higher qualification.”

Karissa is now working at Baringa Private Hospital and Linda is at Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

Another defining moment in Karissa’s life will take place in April next year when she marries her beau, Alan Mason.



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