Meet the new nurses eager to help south-west Qld
FRESH faced and full of anticipation, fourteen new nurses are set to join hospitals throughout the Maranoa.
Out of the fourteen, two will be working at the Roma hospital, including nurses Linelle Peake and Jessica Imiela.
"This is my first time as a real nurse,” Ms Imiela said.
"I'm doing two weeks at Roma hospital but I studied a dual degree of nursing and paramedics so I'll be heading back to Brisbane for five weeks for an induction in to the Queensland ambulance.
"So I'll do five months with the ambulance and then finish off the last six months at Roma emergency.”
Both Ms Peake and Ms Imiela have travelled from Brisbane and are recent graduates of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
"I'm going to be spending 12 months at Westhaven,” Ms Peake said.
"The nurse's quarters here are awesome and I'm so excited to live there.”
This will be the first time both nurses have worked in a regional hospital.
"You find some places will expect you to have rural experience but not all the time,” Ms Imiela said.
"It's a really good experience to have though because you get to try all different things.”
Ms Peake and Ms Imelia said they are looking forward to working in Roma and getting to know the community.
"Working here you will get to know your patients better and the community,” Ms Peake said.
"It will be good because you will get to see them every day but I think it will be pretty quiet here (at Westhaven).”
Ms Imiela said she hoped to gain a whole lot of experience from working at the hospital, especially in emergency.
"When you understand your patients you can actually understand their condition and why they do things,” Ms Imelia said.
"One thing I have always found is everyone will do something for a reason whether it be they're just blind, drunk and stupid or there are actual reasons behind it.”
The nurses have only just arrived in Roma but are already surprised at what they have found.
"Everyone is so friendly here and I didn't expect there to be a nightclub!” Ms Peak said.
"And there's some really trendy places here like the Royal.”
Both nurses said they were grateful to have been given the opportunity to work in Roma.
"I'm realistic in knowing it's not going to be like the PA (Princess Alexander) or a place like that but it's going to be something I'll never experience back in Redcliffe,” Ms Imiela said.
"I wouldn't be able to get here without my family and I wouldn't get here without God either. "Doors opened that allowed me to come out here and it's been an amazing blessing.”