ON THE JOB: Nina Sugg, Abbey Bates and Kayla Brock will be based around the southwest for their graduate year in the health service.
ON THE JOB: Nina Sugg, Abbey Bates and Kayla Brock will be based around the southwest for their graduate year in the health service. Jorja McDonnell

Latest graduates getting their start with country nursing

A HOMECOMING, an adventure and a chance to settle down have brought three new nursing graduates to the southwest - each ready to kickstart their careers with a year in the bush.

"Having grown up in Bollon and then Mitchell, becoming a registered nurse and being able to work in Roma is like returning home,” graduate nurse Kayla Brock said.

"I'm so happy to be back.

"I've always wanted to do rural nursing, and was working as an enrolled nurse here when I got the call to say I had the job.

"It didn't sink in until I got back to the nurses' station, then the tears started - it was a huge relief.”

Ms Brock will spend the next 12 months as a first-year nurse in Roma, working alongside fellow graduate Nina Sugg.

Formerly a veterinary surgeon in her native Germany, Ms Sugg went into pathology before finally landing on nursing.

"I worked as a phlebotomist in Roma for two years and came to love the hospital environment,” Ms Sugg said.

"I'm excited to be here along with my partner, who has been a locum doctor in the southwest for 10 years.

"It will be nice to settle down and that's why I applied here because we both want to live and work in the region.”

Abbey Bates rounds out the trio of graduate nurses in Roma but, once her orientation finishes today, she is packing up and moving even further west.

The dual-qualified nurse and paramedic is off to Augathella Hospital for a six-month stint as a registered nurse.

"When I heard I got the job, I googled where Augathella was, and found it's kind of in the middle of nowhere but I think that's very exciting,” Ms Bates said.

"It is a long way to go and a little bit daunting but I'm really interested in rural healthcare and am looking forward to getting the most out of this experience.”


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