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First Special Care Nursery graduate RN’s ready for big fast-track finish

20 June 2019

They’re on the fast track to a career caring for some of the smallest and most vulnerable patients and they couldn’t be happier with their decision.

Logan Hospital Registered Nurse graduates Bridget Exner and Chelsea Martin are the first grads ever to work in the Special Care Nursery as part of the accelerated program that they will finish this month.

“We were offered the fast-track program which has enabled us to finish what would normally take a year in four and a half months,” they said.

“It has been a lot of hard work but we have had incredible support from all the staff in the Nursery.”

The pair said they had both wanted a career in paediatrics but had not considered working with babies as an option.

“This has really opened our eyes and taught us a different skill set – especially in communicating with parents who find themselves in a very stressful situation.”

Neonatal Services Nurse Unit Manager Katharine Lawlor said Chelsea and Bridget joined the team at short notice as the first successful candidates for a neonatal accelerated graduate program.

“If these graduate nurses are representatives of our future nursing workforce, we are in a good place,” she said.

“Bridget and Chelsea have brought new energy into the Special Care Nursery with their enthusiasm and positive approach.

“They have undertaken and completed a quality initiative project under the “Insight” graduate program, the outcome of which will be incorporated into the Special Care Nursery orientation and training procedures to the benefit of future staff as well as patients.

“They have achieved this all whilst undertaking the Transition to Neonatal Nursing course at a time of increased activity and acuity in the Nursery.”

Last updated 5 July 2019
Last reviewed 20 June 2019

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