New nurses for region
Head start for graduates in the Burnett
THE North Burnett is benefiting from a postgraduate program designed to attract and retain the next generation of nurses in the region’s medical facilities.
Gayndah Hospital and the Mundubbera Multi-Purpose Health Service have retained their 2016 postgraduate nurses who now hold full time nursing positions.
The program set out to place new nurses into rural medical facilities with the long term goal of those nurses choosing to continue their careers in rural areas.
Deborah Spencer chose to pursue her interest in nursing after a career in medical administration in the Wide Bay area, earning a degree from CQ University and a postgraduate position at the Mundubbera MPHS.
“Rural nursing provides exposure to a variety of experiences and I love that no two days are the same at Mundubbera,” Ms Spencer said.
“At Mundubbera we look after aged care, acute and emergencies all in one environment.”
After completing her first year of the postgraduate program Ms Spencer took the opportunity to continue her work with the MPHS.
“I decided to stay at Mundubbera, because I think working here will provide a great foundation of knowledge and experience,” Ms Spencer said.
WBHHS acting director of nursing rural division Cheryl Steers praised the postgraduate program for giving postgraduates a chance to start their careers in a rural environment.
“The WBHHS postgraduate program has been integral in introducing postgraduate nurses to the world of rural nursing,” Ms Steers said.
“When nurses choose to stay on at rural facilities, it reflects the absolute success of the postgraduate program in the rural setting.”
Ms Steers is also encouraging North Burnett high school students and mature aged job seekers to consider nursing as a possible career option.
“Nursing is a profession of numerous career pathways with flexibility to adapt to lifestyle and personal commitments,” Ms Steers said.
“It is a profession that gives the opportunity to travel and work in a range of settings from aged care to rural, metro and community services.”