Maire fill­ing gap in pa­tient care

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Maire Cof­fey is now an en­dorsed nurse prac­ti­tioner with Wim­mera Health Care Group.

Mrs Cof­fey, based in the Wyuna sub-acute unit in Hor­sham, fin­ished her two-year nurse-prac­ti­tioner stud­ies and re­ceived her let­ter of en­dorse­ment last month.

“I’m so happy and re­lieved,” she said. “I have al­ways had an in­ter­est in the care of older peo­ple and I could see that in a ru­ral com­mu­nity like this, with an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion, hav­ing a nurse prac­ti­tioner in that field would be re­ally ben­e­fi­cial.

“Nurse prac­ti­tioner is the pin­na­cle of nurs­ing po­si­tions. We can write pre­scrip­tions and or­der pathol­ogy and work quite au­tonomously.”

Sub-acute nurse-unit man­ager Yula Dono­van said Mrs Cof­fey would bring a much-needed skill set to the fa­cil­ity.

“It makes a huge dif­fer­ence for pa­tients as there is now a med­i­cal re­source based in sub­a­cute,” she said.

“She is fill­ing a gap and that flows on to a greatly im­proved level of pa­tient care.

“It en­ables us to pro­vide a far bet­ter pro­gram of care.

“Hav­ing a nurse prac­ti­tioner in re­gional ar­eas is quite rare, so we are very proud of her.”

To be­come a nurse prac­ti­tioner, the ap­pli­cant must be a reg­is­tered nurse who has al­ready com­pleted post-grad­u­ate stud­ies.

They must then com­plete two years of study for nurse prac­ti­tioner while work­ing.

Study in­cludes the­ory, prac­ti­cal and men­tor parts.

Wim­mera Health Care Group has an­other nurse prac­ti­tioner, Carmel O’kane.

Ms O’kane works as a nurse prac­ti­tioner for chemo­ther­apy.

Stroke care co-or­di­na­tor Jar­rod Hunter has just been ac­cepted to study to be­come a nurse prac­ti­tioner in the area of stroke in older peo­ple.

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