Scholarship for nurses
TWO Bundaberg nurses have each been awarded a nursing scholarship to undertake advanced training which will lead to higher nursing qualifications and ultimately help improve the wellbeing of local patients.
The Winnie May Scholarship is co-ordinated by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation in honour of nurse Winnie May who devoted her life to nursing. Ms May was the niece of Dr Thomas May who was the founding father of Bundaberg Hospital from 1879.
The scholarship is funded by Dr May's descendents and since this began in 2004, more than $80,000 has been given to provide nurse education for staff at Bundaberg Hospital.
Foundation acting chair Jim Mullett said that patients would be the ultimate scholarship "winners" when the studies were completed and implemented to further improve patient care.
Antoinette Hollett will receive $6000 for her studies in the Graduate Certificate in Diabetes.
Ms Hollett said she was motivated to become a diabetes educator after seeing a young patient on the paediatric ward gain the skills and knowledge he needed to self-manage his diabetes by another educator.
"My own experiences have intensified my desire to improve my knowledge in the area of diabetes so that I can help people with this complex disease better manage their health," she said.
The second recipient is Zaina Glynn, a registered nurse on the Medical Clinical Decisions Unit, who will receive $2900 for her Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management.
"I believe that nurses should endeavour to improve through continuing professional development to be able to deliver the best possible care to clients," Ms Glynn said.
Mr Mullett said the scholarships, presented at a special function on June 27, were an opportunity to influence the nursing profession by fostering learning and growth opportunities for local nurses, whose post graduate study would improve the care provided to our patients.
"The scholarships also are important as it allows nurses to pursue a higher level of education without the financial burden associated with ongoing tertiary studies," Mr Mullett said.