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Scholarships for Critical Care Course

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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Bendigo Health nurses Erin Ray and Alishia Stratford are the recipients of the Intensive Care Unit Auxiliary scholarships for 2016. 

The Auxiliary has donated $5000 for two critical care course scholarships to provide assistance with the cost of postgraduate studies.

Intensive and coronary care unit nurse manager Sue Tomlinson said the scholarships would go towards covering the cost of the critical care course.

“Critical care nurses work in a complex specialty area developed to serve the diverse healthcare needs of patients and their families, with actual or potential life threatening conditions,” she said.

“A critical care nurse requires 12 months of postgraduate education to attain advanced knowledge in a range of clinical, management and practice areas.”

The Intensive Care Auxiliary has fundraised for the organisation for 37 years, under the same president Iris Benbow, accumulating more than $1 million towards medical equipment and critical care nursing scholarships at Bendigo Health.

Ms Tomlinson said the auxiliary provides wonderful support to the unit.

“We are always very grateful to the auxiliary who have purchased vital medical equipment and assisted our nurses to obtain qualifications in critical care nursing through scholarships,” she said.

“The scholarship program provides Bendigo Health nurses with a head start to pursue a career in critical care nursing.”

The Bendigo Health Intensive Care Auxiliary raises its fund in a variety of ways and social events throughout the year. These include morning coffees, fashion parades, raffles and trading tables.

Each year the auxiliary hosts an exhibition of cross stitch, embroidery, patchwork and crochet. This year’s exhibition will be held on Good Friday and Easter Saturday at the North Bendigo Bowls Club.

Peter Sheahan will also hold a country music afternoon on Sunday 22 March from 1.30pm at the All Seasons Hotel. Money raised will go to the auxiliary.

The Bendigo Health Intensive Care Auxiliary welcomes enquiries about their events and membership. 

They are looking for new members and can be contacted by calling the auxiliary secretary on 5446 9691. 

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