Former nurse calls for hospital overhaul
THE fallout from the issues currently engulfing the Dalby Hospital has continued, with a former nurse at the facility coming forward to tell her story.
Dana* has been a registered nurse for some time, and isn’t surprised the Dalby Hospital is coming to boiling point after her experience at the centre.
She said there was a greater issue at play than just staff safety.
“I’ve worked at other hospitals where management weren’t fabulous, but you always felt like they had your back,” Dana said.
“You’d assume management would be on your side, especially if you’ve been there for years.
“There’s no support whatsoever.
“The way to describe it would be a punitive culture... blame always has to be apportioned somewhere.”
Dana’s story comes after the Dalby Herald spoke with three other nurses in August, all who held grave concerns about working at the facility due to safety issues.
Warrego MP Ann Leahy has also involved herself in the situation, raising concerns about the hospital on parliament floor.
Dana said towards the end of her employment at the hospital, the culture within the nurse ranks began to take a toll mentally.
“I’ve never had a problem with the doctors, they were wonderful. The problems lie within the nurses,” she said.
“I’ve been a nurse in a lot of different places, but I’ve never had the feelings that I had at Dalby.
“Towards the end of my time there I’d get out of the car and walk towards the hospital and just have this fear of what could happen today.
“It feels like you’re being watched continually and they are waiting for you to make a mistake so they can pick you out.”
Dana said because of this the Dalby Hospital was not a comfortable place to work, unlike the other facilities where she has been on the payroll.
“I have no qualms at my new job saying ‘I made a mistake’, because they help you work it through.
“Whereas in Dalby you do the tiniest thing wrong and they come down on you like a ton of bricks.
“They smile to your face but have an almighty b---h behind your back.
“If I’ve got no support from management it’s not the sort of workplace I want to be in.”
Dana said the only way Dalby Hospital would change was if there was an overhaul from management down, but wasn’t confident it would ever occur.
“Everyone’s so scared to speak, and if they do there’s only one healthcare provider in Dalby so they’ll have to move to Toowoomba for work.”
The Dalby Herald once again asked the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service whether a review of the hospital was under way, to which they said no.
The Dalby Herald requested an interview with DDHHS, but at the time of print had no response.
* Name changed for confidentiality.
PLOT THICKENS: A former staff member of the Dalby Hospital has come forward to tell her story.