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Mater Private Hospital Springfield inspires our next generation

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Mater Private Hospital Springfield inspires our next generation
Greater Springfield’s Health City and Education City are working together to create an experience for the next generation of doctors and nurses.  
Mater Private Hospital Springfield has begun hosting sessions for students of St. Peter’s Lutheran College, from year 10 to year 12, who have expressed an interest in a future career in healthcare. 
Mater Private Hospital Springfield Education Coordinator Vanessa Edwards met with St Peter’s Careers Counsellor Sarah Johnson to devise a suitable programme for the interested students, which is both interactive and integrates relevant areas of their curriculum.  
“We had a really great response to our first session which looked at general nursing including the patient journey from admission to discharge.”
“The sessions are as interactive as possible – in the first session we taught students CPR on our patient manikins. The Mater team also took the students’ blood pressure and ran basic observations to share an understanding of the hospital experience from the patient perspective.”
Sarah Johnson said student’s feedback indicated they enjoyed the hands on experience. 
“Students often don’t have access to ask healthcare professionals about a role they may be interested in and it can be difficult to arrange work experience for students in this sensitive environment. The program really addresses these gaps and we’re so please to have this opportunity with Mater."
One student commented: “I gained an insight into life as a nurse and I learnt about the technology and processes used. The best bit was being involved and able to experience it from the nurse and patient perspective.”
The series of Saturday sessions running over the next few months will cover a different aspect of healthcare and the roles and responsibilities involved. In preop nursing, students will follow the patient journey from admission, through to surgery and returning to the inpatient ward; a session on cancer care nursing will look at a day in the life of a chemotherapy patient. Remaining sessions will cover allied health roles including pathology, physiotherapy, radiography, pharmacy and radiation oncology roles. 
Mater Private Hospital Springfield Director Fritha Mackay hopes to extend the program to other local schools in the future. 
“It’s a great opportunity to encourage people to join a rewarding industry and become our workforce of tomorrow.”

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