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New nursing model comes to Seymour hospital

And a student who started her nursing journey there wins a presitigious national award.

June 25, 2014 3:06am

Prospective RIPERN nurse Christine Freeman with already-qualified Jennifer Gilham.


Seymour Health will be introducing a new model of advanced practice nurses to the Urgent Care Centre, which operates 24 hours a day.

The busy department, which sees up to 7000 patients each year, is supported by local GPs and nurse practitioners.

Rural and Isolated Practice Endorsed registered nurses are required to undergo specific education to provide them with the advanced skills in assessment and treating patients who present to the centre.

The advanced practice nurses, under a RIPERN model, are authorised to supply specific medications for certain medical conditions to patients.

GPs will be informed when one of their patients is treated by a RIPERN nurse and all patients will be instructed to follow up their care with their GP at their earliest convenience.

Seymour Health said it was excited to introduce this new model of care and anticipated that it would improve patient outcomes through timely care of their medical conditions.

An Assumption College student who started her journey towards becoming a nurse at Seymour District Memorial Hospital has won a major vocational education award.

Lauren Parkinson was on Monday announced the Victorian recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School, as well as being one of the state recipients of the Australian Vocational Student Prize.

The citation said she was someone with a lot of experience providing care to others.

She used the illness of a family member to inspire her to undertake nursing and, in her words, to ‘‘bring dignity and respect to people’’ needing nursing.

She trained in care and assistance for the elderly at SDMH, and later at BlueCross Willowmeade.

It was there she picked up a Top 4 Trainee in Aged Care award at the industry’s annual awards ceremony in 2013.

As she studied for her School Based Apprenticeship in Aged Care, Lauren was equally active on the sports field.

She not only completed a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance and a Certificate III in Aged Care, she also undertook a Certificate II in Sport and Recreation.

Lauren is now undertaking her Bachelor of Nursing at RMIT.

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