Eidsvold nurse’s passion for job
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.
GOOD CHOICE: Director of Nursing in Eidsvold, Nicci Maher at her desk.