New Initiative Encourages Nurses to Pursue Further Education

Eight South West Hospital and Health Service nurses and midwives have completed graduate diplomas as part of a new health service initiative to encourage nursing and midwifery staff to gain higher qualifications.

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Yoie Thomas from Roma Hospital – left – is congratulated on her diploma success by Leanne Raatz from the South West HHS Workforce Development Unit.

South West HHS Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services Chris Small says it’s vital, in today’s fast-changing and fast-paced world, that nurses keep abreast of the latest developments, no matter what profession or career stream we are in.

“To that end, we have introduced an initiative as part of our nursing and midwifery workforce strategy to support any of our staff seeking to gain additional qualifications. This ensures our staff are gaining new knowledge and skills to put into practice in their local workplaces in the South West.”

“It will also help develop leadership and management skills in our nursing and midwifery workforce.’’

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Surat MPHS Director of Nursing Skye Williams – left – and colleague Karan Hibbs celebrate their diploma success.

Mr Small congratulated the first eight nursing staff who had completed the program.

The first eight nurses and midwives to complete the program and earn graduate diplomas are:

Skye Williams and Karan Hibbs from Surat Multipurpose Health Service (MPHS);
Roselyn Everett and Sarah Deshon from Dirranbandi MPHS;
Anna Cross and Sandra -Jane Allen from Mitchell MPHS,
Scott McDermont from Quilpie MPHS
Yoie Thomas from Roma Hospital.

Roma Hospital’s Ms Thomas – who completed a Graduate Diploma in Health (Health Leadership) – says she enjoyed the challenge and appreciated the opportunity.

“I felt this was a great opportunity to further enhance and develop my leadership and clinical education knowledge and skills to further support my role as a Nurse/Midwifery Educator. My studies were made possible and feasible with the support of the health service and I am very appreciative for this.”

Ms Thomas says her diploma studies allows her to develop a better understanding of change management and effective leadership processes.

“I now feel more equipped to lead, manage, investigate, develop and implement change in the health care environment that results in improved health care and better patient outcomes.’’

She says now that her first diploma had been completed, she was already looking for other options for pursuing further education in the future.

PHOTO CAPTIONS: 1. Yoie Thomas from Roma Hospital – left – is congratulated on her diploma success by Leanne Raatz from the South West HHS Workforce Development Unit. 2. Surat MPHS Director of Nursing Skye Williams – left – and colleague Karan Hibbs celebrate their diploma success.