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ECU students leading the way in healthcare training

Friday, 02 July 2010


  • Professor Cobie Rudd with Kempton Cowan

    Professor Cobie Rudd with Kempton Cowan

ECU students are leading the way in healthcare training after being the first in Western Australia to participate in a pilot program specialising in night-shift training.

The program is the result of Ramsay Health Care WA, in partnership with ECU, successfully securing almost $1 million in funding from the Commonwealth Government’s Increased Clinical Training Capacity (ICTC) grants scheme.

Due to be launched at the Ramsay Health Care Joondalup Health Campus later this year, the program will see nursing students placed in medical and surgical wards on night shifts between 9.00pm and 7.00am under direct clinical supervision, giving them a better understanding of the skills required to work after hours.

Up until now, students have only received training in day and afternoon shifts, with the aim of the new program to provide students with a better understanding of the skills required to work after hours.

Associate Dean of Health, Professor Cobie Rudd, believes the program will help students develop a unique set of skills required to work hospital night shifts.

"The training will ensure students learn the important aspects of clinical training at night, which includes greater responsibilities for patient management and enhanced decision making within their scope of practice," said Professor Rudd.

Ramsay Health Care Joondalup Health Campus Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Dr Glen Power, believes the program would significantly expand opportunities for undergraduate nurses in private hospitals across WA.

"It is estimated that an additional 150 students per year will have access to hospital-based training across Ramsay Health Care's four WA hospitals which will result in an increase of approximately 10 to 20 per cent on current clinical placement numbers educated in Ramsay Health Care hospitals in this state."

If successful, the program will be implemented in other universities and Ramsay Health Care facilities throughout WA in 2011.

ECU successfully partnered with the North Metropolitan Area Health Service, Joondalup Health Campus and the University of Western Australia earlier this year to receive the State's largest grant of $4.6 million from the Commonwealth Government's $67.5 million ICTC grants scheme.

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