New nurses for re­gion

Head start for grad­u­ates in the Bur­nett

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

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