Links Tighten for Midwest Nursing Placements
It was a day packed with visits and introductions for The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Acting Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Dean Chris Adams, as she consolidated ties for the University’s regional nursing placement program, in Geraldton last month.
Amid a hectic schedule for her visit to the Midwest, Chris 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.
Chris met staff at the WA Country Health Service, Nazareth House, St John of God Hospital Geraldton and also toured WACRH’s newly refurbished student accommodation complex.
WACRH’s Academic Clinician (Nursing), Marjorie Collett, worked closely with Chris to plan the visit and said she was keen to show off the multi-dimensional aspects of nursing placements in the Midwest.
“We’ve been facilitating placements for nursing student cohorts from The University of Notre Dame for a couple of years now and feedback from the students has been very positive. Placement 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.”
“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 experience and reflect on aspects of care that they may not otherwise encounter in the metro area,” Marjorie said.
Chris echoed this position and 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. While the evidence is anecdotal at this stage, I think the level and quality of support in place for placements in the Midwest has contributed to influencing the increase in numbers we are seeing this year.”
Further information relating to The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Bachelor of Nursing courses or rural clinical placement opportunities can be obtained by visiting www.notredame.edu.au or www.wacrh.uwa.edu.au
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