Eidsvold nurse’s pas­sion for job

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

NURS­ING has al­ways been a pas­sion for Nicci Ma­her.

Com­plet­ing a Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing at Grif­fith Univer­sity and post grad­u­ate stud­ies at the Mitchell Hospi­tal in Western Aus­tralia in 1999 led her to a life of ru­ral nurs­ing.

The Eidsvold Hospi­tal nurs­ing direc­tor said dur­ing her three-year de­gree grad­u­ate po­si­tions were of­fered.

“The ru­ral nurs­ing post of­fered so much more than the nurs­ing that was of­fered in the met­ro­pol­i­tan and city ar­eas,” Ms Ma­her said.

“For ex­am­ple it was ad­ver­tised that you could go for X-ray train­ing, and get to do su­tur­ing, can­nu­la­tions and that was on top of the usual nurs­ing skills and scope that would hap­pen in a city hospi­tal.

“This is what drew me out to ru­ral nurs­ing so I spent my grad­u­ate year at Mitchell Hospi­tal and stayed there for five years.”

Ms Ma­her said she was quickly given a ma­jor re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“Af­ter six weeks of start­ing I was the nurse in charge of a 21-bed fa­cil­ity,” Ms Ma­her said.

“Op­por­tu­ni­ties in ru­ral, re­gional and re­mote are huge, I think that’s why I was quite for­tu­nate to ad­vance my ca­reer fairly quickly be­cause of those ex­tra re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“Certainly with those ex­tra re­spon­si­bil­i­ties comes ex­tra stress and stuff like that.

“We get lots of sup­port from staff around us and our com­mu­nity.”

Ms Ma­her has been in Eidsvold for more than two years.

“I’m not look­ing at mov­ing any­where else, I love it here and it’s fit­ting me per­fectly at the mo­ment,” she said.

Ms Ma­her is one of many nurses who will be recog­nised on In­ter­na­tional Nurses Day to­mor­row.

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

GOOD CHOICE: Direc­tor of Nurs­ing in Eidsvold, Nicci Ma­her at her desk.

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