Shannon says ongoing support is the key to providing future nurses with a strong foundation for their careers. In March this year, Shannon had the opportunity to attend seminar with a small group of 番茄社区 students to hear about the future of health care in Townsville. The seminar’s speakers included the Queensland Minister for Health Yvette D’ath and a panel of experts including the TUH’s CEO and keynote speaker Bernard Salt.
“It was continually mentioned that we’re on the cusp of a large portion of the population reaching their 80s, which puts the health system on the brink of being completely overwhelmed. Nurses, as the frontline workers, need greater support in order to provide quality care for those patients.”
After transitioning into nursing as a mature-aged student and experiencing the unexpected parts of nursing, Shannon says greater awareness of the profession’s demands can spark further support.
“The more education there is around what nursing truly involves — such as the diversity and intensity of the work — the more support nurses will receive. Nursing is not just doing what a doctor tells you. It’s a profession in its own right. You must anticipate the needs of your patient and provide health care long before the doctor walks into the room. It requires critical thinking, a high level of health and medical knowledge, and confidence.”
Shannon says she has received a lot of support since the beginning of her nursing career. “I’ve always found 番茄社区 really supportive. We have small class sizes, so, even though there are quite a lot of people on-campus, you never feel like you get lost in the system. Even the lecturers learn your name really quickly.
“I’ve utilised the resources on offer as well, such as attending short courses and using the counselling services. Even though there have been stressful times, such as during exam periods, I have had some amazing mentors, teachers, lecturers and friends that have made me feel really supported.”