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Thirty-three Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) staff have the opportunity to lead the change they want to see in healthcare after receiving university scholarships to tackle present and emerging healthcare issues.
Executive Director Nursing Services Veronica Casey said, as part of a Bachelor of Healthcare with Professional Honours (Clinical Redesign), staff would work on a major project that could focus on any part of patient care, hospital processes or the healthcare system in general.
“Our staff are brimming with ideas on how to create positive change. Through this degree, staff from our administration, nursing, allied health and medical streams, have the opportunity to focus on a topic that they are really passionate about,” she said.
For his major project, Acute Renal Inpatient Unit Nurse Unit Manager Grant Ramke hopes to help patients with kidney disease better navigate the hospital and healthcare system.
“Our patients are in and out of hospital, and outpatient and community services. A lot of work has already been done to help them navigate their care but I can see lots of areas for improvement,” he said.
“I want their journey through the renal department to be as smooth as possible, and ensure that they have an understanding of where their journey is taking them—both figuratively and literally.
“I’m so thankful I’ve been given this opportunity. I’m looking forward to coupling my experience and knowledge with the degree’s key principles and structure.”
PAH partnered with the University of Tasmania to provide the scholarships.
The 2018 cohort will begin their studies on Monday 16 July.