Date - 10 August 2020
After 10 years as Mungindi Multipurpose Health Service Director of Nursing, Ann-Margaret Jakins has seen hundreds of nursing students take up a rural placement at the facility and she takes great pride in providing a positive diverse experience.
Ann-Margaret sees the importance of rural placement since nursing students are a major part of the future workforce and health providers commit to supporting early career nurses to deliver the best care across rural and remote Queensland.
Mungindi Multipurpose Health Service always has a continuous flow of student nurses and staff members value working with SQRH due to the placement co-ordination as well as additional clinical education.
Ann-Margaret promotes rural practice as a rich learning ground and regularly receives student feedback about the variety of cases, the holistic nature of rural healthcare and the ability to close the loop as students witness the patient journey from admission to discharge.
Students are welcomed to the facility, have a comprehensive orientation and receive lots of information before they arrive about mobile phone coverage, outback travel and other tips for rural life.