Three 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 well being 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 $75,000 has been given to provide nurse education for staff at Bundaberg Hospital.
Foundation chair Mrs Janet Tallon said that patients would be the ultimate scholarship ‘winners’ when the studies were completed and implemented to further improve patient care.
Liz Sellwood, a registered nurse on the Surgical Ward, received $3000 to undertake a Master of Nursing through QLD University of Technology specialising in Acute Care.
This will provide her with a specific knowledge base combined with advanced clinical skills to care for the increasing complexity and acuity of surgical patient on this ward.
Naisam Sainudeen, a registered nurse on the Rehabilitation Ward, wishes to broaden his professional knowledge and advance his skills in patient care through a Certificate course in Chronic Disease and Palliative care.
He received $1500 towards his studies which will provide him with a unique set of skills to support not only patients facing the end of life but also families and communities supporting them.
The third recipient was Melanie Robinson who also received $1500 for her studies in neonatal nursing. Ms Robinson is a registered nurse/midwife in the Bundaberg Family Unit who is currently completing the Transition to Neonatology and wants to then undertake a post-graduate degree in neonatal nursing through the Australian College of Nurses.
It has been Melanie’s passion and long term professional goal to become a specialised neonatal nurse.