Links tighten for Midwest Nursing placements

28 April 2015

It was a day packed with visits and introductions for Chris Adams, Associate Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Dean of The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Nursing & Midwifery, Fremantle, as she consolidated ties for the University’s regional nursing placement program in Geraldton on Friday 17 April 2015.

Amid a hectic schedule for her visit to the Midwest, Ms Adams worked on strengthening connections with the WA Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) and met with key partners providing on-the-ground support for nursing students during their rural placement.

Ms Adams met staff at the WA Country Health Service, Nazareth House, St John of God Hospital and also toured WACRH’s newly refurbished student accommodation complex.

Ms Adams indicated these rural placements enabled students to immerse themselves into the broader perspectives and experiences of health care delivery in regional areas. She said more and more students were seeking placements in the Midwest.

“Our curriculum and placement options are designed to prepare our students to work in a variety of environments. This partnership with WACRH is really valuable in giving them access to important networks and support systems while they are away from the university and their usual lives,” Ms Adams said.

WACRH’s Academic Clinician, Marjorie Collett, worked closely with Ms Adams to plan the visit and said she was keen to show off the multi-dimensional aspects of placements in the Midwest.

“We’ve been facilitating placements for Nursing student cohorts from Notre Dame for a couple of years now and feedback from the students has been very positive. Placements length and settings are tailored according to where the students are at in their study, and they rotate between a range of contexts at the hospitals – such as acute care, theatre and mental health to name a few – and aged care facilities,” Ms Collett said.

“Our aim is to streamline the coordination and logistics between the University, placement sites and preceptors so that the students can get the best rural experience possible. We want to maximise their understanding of the diversity of nursing roles, consolidate their skills and enable them to access aspects of care that they may not otherwise encounter in the metro area.”

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Leigh Dawson: Tel (08) 9433 0569; Mob 0405 441 093;