Beaudesert Hospital nurses call for community members for advisory group

TEAM WORK: Beaudesert Hospital's nursing leaders Matthew Quinn, Michelle Rudling, Jade Moroney, Marlena Kussrow, Theresa Bott and Trish Nelson-Bruce. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
TEAM WORK: Beaudesert Hospital's nursing leaders Matthew Quinn, Michelle Rudling, Jade Moroney, Marlena Kussrow, Theresa Bott and Trish Nelson-Bruce. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

BEAUDESERT Hospital's new nursing leadership team has appealed for community members to join their advisory group and help further their vision for improved hospital services in Beaudesert.

Nursing director Matthew Quinn said the six members of the leadership team came from diverse professional backgrounds.

He said the team included himself, Jade Moroney as acting nursing manager in the emergency department, Theresa Bott, who had taken charge of peri-operative services, Marlena Kussrow leading the general ward nurses, midwife Trish Nelson-Bruce to head the midwifery unit and Michelle Rudling who was filling in as safety and quality clinical nurse consultant.

Mr Quinn said the team was looking for community members to join the consumer advisory group.

"We have had some members retire and we really would like a couple of community members to join and provide input into how we build services into the future," he said.

Mr Quinn said the team had vision for initiatives including increasing telehealth services, expanding the surgical program to five days to include minor orthopaedic procedures, empowering nurses to reach their full professional and interpersonal potential and making it easier for patients who had been referred to other hospitals to receive follow-up treatment at Beaudesert.

"We meet every two months and all we need is about an hour and a half of your time," he said.

He said the team was raising its profile and upping its game on community engagement by taking part in events like Get Savvy, NAIDOC and the Beaudesert Show.

"We want to be innovative and proactive so we're going to start knocking on doors and talking to community groups instead of expecting people to come to us with ideas," Mr Quinn said.

The team members said they had already met with Mununjali elders and received permission to reproduce Mununjali totems the wedge-tailed eagle and willy wagtail on team t-shirts.

"The willy wagtail is 'the bringer of messages'." Mr Quinn said.

He said the message from the Beaudesert Hospital nursing management team was expressed in their vision statement: "We Care About You".

To find out how to join the Beaudesert Hospital nursing management team's consumer advocate group, call Natasja Frieberg on 5541 9234 or send an expression of interest to natasja.frieberg@health.qld.gov.au