Good news for Gympie Hospital patients
GYMPIE residents will be among the first to benefit from the appointment of 30 new community based nurses set to join the Sunshine Coast's public health service next year.
The Palaszczuk Government this week raised the curtain on its $105 million plan to hire experienced nurses as "nurse navigators", whose role will be to help patients navigate our "complex maze" of public health system, says Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service executive director of nursing and midwifery Graham Wilkinson.
"We're rolling it out at the first instance in Maleny and Gympie next year, followed with appointments on the Coast area," Mr Wilkinson said.
"Our first five are arriving in February, followed by seven in October."
The program will be commencing at Gympie Hospital in February, initially with three staff and expanding as further positions come on board over the coming years.
Patients with complex health needs will be better off under the new arrangement, which will enable people with health problems to be treated by an experienced, registered nurse in their home.
The nurse will help connect the patient with the specialist services they need. The new positions will be advertised publicly and are open to experienced, registered nurses.
"These will be very popular positions," Mr Wilkinson said.
"The type of nurses we're looking for will be experienced nurses with the capacity to problem solve, communicate very well, and most importantly a great caring attitude."