CARING: Nurses and students celebrate International Nurses Day at Charleville Hospital.
CARING: Nurses and students celebrate International Nurses Day at Charleville Hospital. Contributed

Students get involved in celebration of rural nurses

QUALFIED nurses and their student counterparts gathered at Charleville Hospital in celebration of two important days in their profession.

International Nurses Day (May 12) and International Midwives Day (May 5) were both recognised in a small gathering of local practitioners, who paid homage to the work they do as rural nurses.

Southern Queensland Rural Health played a part in the local celebration, held on Friday, in representing the nursing students who learn from the rural professionals.

"We support midwifery and nursing students in their rural placements and their feedback about working with experienced midwives and nurses is truly inspirational,” said Southern Queensland Rural Health director Associate Professor Geoff Argus.

"Students witness the innovation, capability and complete dedication of midwives and nurses across the Darling Downs and South West.

"They often tell us that this prompts them to choose a rural placement to learn more.

"At Charleville they gain insight into the vast array of nursing practice by visiting the hospital, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Charleville and Western Areas Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Limited and Queensland Ambulance Service.

"We have also created an Observational Placement Program where first year nursing students spend a week in a rural setting to learn about the different aspects of nursing in a rural and remote context.”

Nursing students are heavily involved in the health services around Charleville and the opportunity to celebrate with their qualified colleagues was special.

"The nursing students and SQRH Charleville office team were delighted to attend a special luncheon to celebrate International Nurses Day at the Charleville Hospital,” ProfArgus said.

"Moving forward, SQRH will continue to advocate for midwives and nurses and support initiatives to train and develop the rural health workforce.”


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