Flood of new nurses join Rocky Hospital roster
KARA Davis was born to be a nurse.
The Yeppoon local comes from a family of nurses and yesterday was among the latest cohort of graduate nurses in Rockhampton Hospital preparing for the next stage in their careers.
She can hardly wait to get stuck into the graduate program.
"I'm excited to start my career and progress, to start working with the patients and putting everything from theory into practice,” MsDavis said yesterday.
"I was born for nursing. I have a caring personality and I really wanted to put my personality into my career.”
In the next week, the new nurses will undergo an intense orientation, learning the ropes of their clinical units before being deployed throughout the central region.
Executive director of nursing and midwifery services Sandy Munro said the graduate program that transitions the students to health care professionals had grown this year.
"There's definitely a few more this year. We had 185 graduate nurses place Central Queensland as their first choice, which is really wonderful for us for recruiting new nurses into our organisation,” she said.
Mrs Munro said they had a good percentage of those graduate nurses who stayed on with Rockhampton Hospital after their graduate year.
"Some of them will rotate between one or two wards, others will stay in a speciality area for a period of time up to 12 months - those environments might be intensive care or theatre.”
The student nurses will have exposure to different types of skills as they are mentored by senior nurses, clinical facilitators and educators.
"They will learn intravenous cannulations, putting intravenous therapy in, give injections, and if they are in intensive care, learn how to use breathing machines and read ECGs and cardiac monitors.”
The graduates will spend the next year honing their skills at Capricorn Coast, Gladstone, Emerald, Mount Morgan, Theodore, Blackall, Woorabinda and Rockhampton.
Mrs Munro said nurses going to smaller rural sites with fewer staff had the advantage of learning more skills due to the concentrated environment.
Emerald local Lola Olaniyan couldn't wait for her placement at Emerald Hospital to start giving back to the local community.
"It's been a great opportunity for me to meet a lot of people in Emerald and I'm looking forward to caring for my people,” she said.
Mrs Olaniyan said her exposure to the different wards in the hospital would make her a better nurse by the end of the program.