Gladstone Base Hospital, Park Street, Gladstone.
Gladstone Base Hospital, Park Street, Gladstone. Christopher Chan

Extra help at hand to deliver Gladstone babies

THE future of maternity services at the Gladstone Hospital is looking bright.

Santos GLNG has recently funded four more nurses, providing them with scholarships to study to become midwives.

"It's just one of the parts of our community investment programs," Santos GLNG Gladstone regional manager Garry Scanlan said.

"We are more than pleased to support midwifery in Gladstone," he said.

The hospital is chuffed at the opportunity to recruit new, eager midwives.

Over the next 12 months, four midwives will work part time in the maternity ward while studying a midwifery course, from February 25.

The nurses completed a five-day course in Townsville to prepare them for study.

Midwives in the making

MIDWIVES play a vastly important role throughout a woman's pregnancy.

"Having kids myself, you remember your midwife for the rest of your life," registered nurse Rachael Needle said.

Midwives are involved in the full pregnancy and post-birth processes, aiding the woman in any way possible.

"It's a real honour to support a family in such an important part of their lives," she said.

Of her new role, nurse Cian Valery said: "I just wanted to mix it up a little; I've worked in ED for a while. Bringing in a life is so exciting."

The three ladies are keen to begin their courses, and their passion for nursing is evident.

Nominate a nurse today

NURSES can make a difference to their patients' lives every day.

The final call for nominations of top nurses, midwives, personal care attendants and assistants in nursing for the 2013 HESTA Australian Nursing Awards has now been made.

Nominations close next Thursday for the seventh annual awards.

HESTA CEO Anne-Marie Corboy said: "We want people to get their nominations in so we can help give recognition to top nurses who are providing tireless dedication and care in their everyday working lives."

Finalists will be announced on April 15.