Aged care nursing reps visit Mackay Campus
Published on 20 February, 2012
CQUniversity Mackay recently hosted representatives from seven aged care facilities throughout the Bowen to Sarina zone. A representative from Aged Care Queensland's Brisbane office also joined the campus tour.
The Regional Aged Care Directors of Nursing were hosted by Nursing & Midwifery Dean Professor Ysanne Chapman, who showed them the new nursing labs and medical imaging facilities.
The visit was the initiative of Dorne Wallace, a Business Development Manager for CQUniversity's Queensland Centre for Professional Development (QCPD). Jennifer Anastasi from the Centre for Professional Health Education (CPHE) and Caroline Falconi, Head of Program for Medical Imaging, also participated.
Professor Chapman facilitated a discussion with the group to identify issues around their workforce development, retention and skills currency, while exploring closer working relationships with CQUniversity.
The group discussed potential collaboration on a professional development short course program, delivered in the region, to address identified needs including clinical practice workshops, basic ultrasound, and management/leadership skills for supervisory staff.
Participants agreed to work together to promote aged care nursing as a career choice, including mapping of qualification pathways. It was also agreed to pursue increased opportunities for CQUniversity nursing students through work placement and sponsorships.
The visitors promised to provide input into the future development of both nursing and medical imaging courses.