HELPING OUT: Jess Carrigan (left) shows graduate nurse Laura Hirth a medication procedure at Kingaroy Hospital.
HELPING OUT: Jess Carrigan (left) shows graduate nurse Laura Hirth a medication procedure at Kingaroy Hospital. Contributed

Facilitator makes her mark at Kingaroy hospital

NO TWO days are the same for Kingaroy Hospital's clinical facilitator Jess Carrigan - one of the reasons she loves her job.

"My main role is to help graduate nurses transition into the facility,” Mrs Carrigan said.

"I support them to learn new clinical procedures, operate new equipment and generally help them out.

"There's not really a typical day so each day I just see what needs to be done.

"The team here at Kingaroy Hospital has been really supportive of the new role - they are a really great bunch of colleagues to work with.

"The grad nurses are doing a good job, I am really proud of them.”

Mrs Carrigan supports the six nurse graduates at the facility, drawing on her experience as a registered nurse at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

She and her husband Adam, a primary school teacher, moved to the South Burnett earlier this year.

Nurse unit manager Liz Sommerfeld said the new clinical facilitator role had added a lot of value in the short time it had been in place.

"Jess has done a great job in mentoring the graduate nurses to help them further develop their skills,” Mrs Sommerfeld said.

"It really helps to have an experienced nurse who doesn't have a patient load to support the graduate nurses and teach them skills on the job, so it's all very timely and relevant.”

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