Beppie is a registered nurse working in Injune at the Multipurpose Health Service where she started as a graduate in July 2016. She applied for the Nursing and Midwifery Exchange Program (NMEP) to enhance her clinical and time management skills, and was offered the colorectal ward at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Here’s Beppie in her own words talking about her time on exchange:
I was eager to participate in any learning experience. I was very excited as I had just completed a three month accelerated perioperative program in Roma and witnessed and assisted in many abdominal surgeries, and this ward gave me the opportunity to participate in the pre-operative and post-operative journey of patients.
Over the three month exchange, I became very aware of the enormity of gastro-intestinal issues, conditions and cancers and their surgical and medical treatments. However, what will never be forgotten is how I felt during the exchange. I saw how well a ward operated when there is team work, cohesion, and support from co-workers. Despite my insecurities, lack of knowledge and 'newness' I was welcomed, supported and made to feel an important part of the medical, nursing and allied health team.
The NMEP team ensured I was in a secure and comfortable living environment shared with another exchange participant, who also found the program valuable. It allowed us opportunities to share and debrief. This experience has helped me grow in confidence and knowledge which ultimately will benefit the community in which I work.
I would highly recommend this program for all nurses in rural and remote communities.
Later this month, Mount Isa Hospital’s Courtney Gittens will exchange with Stephanie Beatty from the Princess Alexandra Hospital Emergency Department. Read more about their story on the North West Star website.
Queensland Health nurses and midwives interested in participating in the exchange program can head to the website to find out more and to apply. Cohort seven applications open on 10 January and close 2 February 2019.
Caption: On exchange: Beppie Powell from Injune and Madeleine from Dirrinbandi shared housing and took in the sights while on exchange to Brisbane.