And a student who started her nursing journey there wins a presitigious national award.June 25, 2014 3:06am
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.
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.
Shepparton Swans and Benalla both had altered coaching panels for the Goulburn Valley Football League grand final rematch on Saturday.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Anyone yet to experience the sport of croquet is welcome to come along to the Rich River club lawns on Sunday to try it out.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Penalty goal spells heartbreak.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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