TDHS Graduate Nurse Samantha Spokes

Variety makes for an ideal graduate nursing year

Timboon and District Healthcare Service (TDHS) is preparing for its annual graduate nurse transition next week, when Mortlake’s Samantha Spokes completes her 12 months.

Ms Spokes said TDHS had provided a perfect graduate year and she was delighted to be staying on to nurse in a permanent part time capacity.

“The thing I love about rural nursing is that no two days are the same. There are hard days for sure, but because it’s like a little family here you have the support,” she said.

“Timboon is very family friendly which is great – I have three little boys so I have to plan well. I’m a big believer that what you put into something is what you get out of it.”

Ms Spokes worked in aged care previously and enrolled in nursing through TAFE in Hamilton prior to starting her family. Then three years ago, she recommenced studies at Deakin in Warrnambool to become a Registered Nurse.

“After that you need a grad year and I knew Timboon had a program. I came for a tour, applied and was fortunate enough to get accepted,” she said.

“If I did my year in a larger hospital, I’d end up in a specialty area most likely and wouldn’t get the variety. Here at Timboon I learned to triage patients…your day just depends on who comes through the doors.

“You have your patient load, but because Timboon has urgent care there are lots of presentations that are very wide ranging so it’s an ideal grad year for anyone.”

Ms Spokes officially concludes her graduate nursing year on January 21. The very next day Angel White from Terang will begin her 12 months in the position.

TDHS 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife

2020 is the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and every month we’ll be featuring a story on our website and social media channels to celebrate the amazing work of our nurses.

Nurses make up a significant proportion of our workforce and TDHS would not be able to run without their dedication, skill and compassionate care.

We are very excited to be celebrating their valuable contributions throughout the year. We hope you join us in recognising and thanking our nurses.

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