Cynthia Lui MP
Member for Cook
Torres and Cape HHS will welcome 5 new nurse graduates this year as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s health recruitment drive.
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said that these new graduates would kick start their careers in Cooktown and Thursday Island Hospital.
“Delivering health services and providing career opportunities is so important in rural and remote communities like those across Cook,” Ms Lui said.
“These extra nurses will learn on the job and translate the skills they’ve learnt at Uni into better outcomes for patients in some of our most isolated communities.
“I’m really excited to welcome these passionate nurses to the Queensland Health team where I know they’ll get the best possible start in their nursing careers and I can’t wait to meet them.
Across Torres and Cape HHS we’re hiring more doctors, nurses, and ambos which means better patient outcomes, more jobs, and more opportunity for regional Queensland.”
The Palaszczuk Government has hired an additional 16 doctors and 94 nurses in Torres and Cape HHS since March 2015.
Torres and Cape HHS Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services Kim Veiwasenavanua said two of the nurses and one of the midwives would start on 2 March.
“We are happy to welcome them as they begin their careers with the Torres and Cape HHS,’’ she said.
“They are an important part of our team, and we value the contribution they will make.
“Graduate nurses and midwives are provided support and mentorship by experienced staff to help make the transition from studying at university to life in the workforce,” she said.
One nurse graduate and one midwifery graduate will begin their careers at Thursday Island Hospital, while the second nurse graduate will start at Cooktown Multipurpose Health Service.
Also going to Thursday Island is newly-minted Registered Nurse Melissa Haydock from the Sunshine Coast.
Mrs Haydock has been working with several nursing agencies as an Assistant in Nursing in various facilities since 2011, as well as for an Aboriginal-controlled health service.
She completed her nursing degree with the University of the Sunshine Coast, while continuing to work full-time as an AIN.
“It was a hard three years studying full-time and working, but well worth the effort,’’ Mrs Haydock said.
“I can’t wait to get up to Thursday Island now. I’m very excited to start.’’
Mrs Haydock said she had chosen a remote health service in which to begin her career because she wanted to work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
“I want to go on to become a credentialed Remote Area Nurse and my ultimate goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner,’’ she said.
“I’d heard many good things about the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service and about Thursday Island, which is why I applied there and I’m really looking forward to it.’’
Ms Veiwasenavanua said the remaining three nurses and one midwife would join the health service in early September.
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