Two of JCU’s infection control experts, Vanessa Sparke and Andrea Grimes, have been working with the Queensland Government to re-purpose buildings and procedures for new GP-led respiratory clinics.
JCU Physiotherapy staff and students are offering their services through telehealth channels. The JCU Nursing students who have continued their practical studies with hospital staff have shown their support and appreciation for healthcare workers through giving back to hospital staff any way they can – via practical support as well as gifts of appreciation.
JCU has a strong focus on equipping Nursing students with the training and practical knowledge necessary to make a difference to individuals in every region and community. Melanie explains that JCU has a unique geographical footprint. “We work within unique rural, remote, tropical and Indigenous communities,” Melanie says. “We prepare nurses to work in diverse settings – from complex metropolitan environments to isolated practice contexts. Our graduates have the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills to work anywhere.”
Flexibility, humility, courage, tolerance, communication, compassion. These are the qualities that Melanie says are most important to a nurse or midwife, and the qualities that make nurses and midwives stand out both in times of crisis and in everyday situations.
So, are there ways that we can show our appreciation to these professionals that play such an important role in our society and put themselves at risk so that they can aid us? “Yes,” Melanie says. “Stay home. Recognise that nurses are highly educated and skilled professionals and follow their lead in terms of safe practice.” By following the guidelines that the Australian government has put into place, washing our hands and helping to flatten the curve, we can show our appreciation to the men and women putting their lives on the line to protect their communities.
Interested in how nurses and midwives can be celebrated? Find out more about International Nurses' Day.