Nurses meet at event
MORE than 180 nurses and midwives from across Queensland converged in Bundaberg today to take part in the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service's Nursing and Midwifery Symposium.
Queensland Health's Assistant Director of Nursing and Midwifery Juliet Graham, CQUniversity's Nicole Blunt, University of Southern Queensland's Julie Martyn and Townsville Hospital and Health Service's Judy Morton are among more than 40 presenters addressing the symposium.
Alongside the guest presenters, the WBHHS's chief executive Adrian Pennington, executive director of nursing and midwifery services Fiona Sewell and nurse leaders from across the Wide Bay will lead the forum sessions that will explore the changing context of modern nursing.
"The WBHHS Nursing and Midwifery Symposium provides an opportunity to share the innovative practices of our local nurses and midwives with their colleagues," Mr Pennington said.
"It is also an opportunity to challenge our own staff to keep meeting the changing context of modern nursing and midwifery."
The symposium's theme of the changing context was explored in four separate areas of education and training, models of care, leadership, data and information systems and (re)finding the patient in the health continuum.
Ms Sewell said the event was a great opportunity for nurses and midwives to share their innovative work practices among their colleagues from across the Wide Bay and the rest of Queensland.
"I am proud to lead a team of courageous nurses and midwives who provide outstanding care for patients across the Wide Bay and I hope that the symposium enables them to share their successes, consider new ideas to implement in their workplaces and aspire to be transformational leaders," she said.
Nurse Unit Manager of Transition Care at Bundaberg Hospital Marie McAneney addressed the audience about courageous nursing.
"Courageous nursing as I see it is about nurses who have lost their compassion, their courage and connection. I am here to help them wake up and see that there is a way to find all of that again," she said.
"This type of event brings everyone together and builds on their strengths. We are able to shine the light on our nursing profession."