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Maire Coffey filling gap in Wimmera Health Care Group patient care

LEADING ROLE: Wimmera Health Care Group’s new nurse practitioner Maire Coffey will be based in Horsham’s Wyuna sub-acute unit.

LEADING ROLE: Wimmera Health Care Group’s new nurse practitioner Maire Coffey will be based in Horsham’s Wyuna sub-acute unit.

Maire Coffey is now an endorsed nurse practitioner with Wimmera Health Care Group.
Mrs Coffey, based in the Wyuna sub-acute unit in Horsham, finished her two-year nurse-practitioner studies and received her letter of endorsement last month.
“I’m so happy and relieved,” she said. “I have always had an interest in the care of older people and I could see that in a rural community like this, with an aging population, having a nurse practitioner in that field would be really beneficial.
“Nurse practitioner is the pinnacle of nursing positions. We can write prescriptions and order pathology and work quite autonomously.”
Sub-acute nurse-unit manager Yula Donovan said Mrs Coffey would bring a much-needed skill set to the facility.
“It makes a huge difference for patients as there is now a medical resource based in sub-acute,” she said.
“She is filling a gap and that flows on to a greatly improved level of patient care.
“It enables us to provide a far better program of care.
“Having a nurse practitioner in regional areas is quite rare, so we are very proud of her.”
To become a nurse practitioner, the applicant must be a registered nurse who has already completed post-graduate studies.
They must then complete two years of study for nurse practitioner while working.
Study includes theory, practical and mentor parts.
Wimmera Health Care Group has another nurse practitioner, Carmel O’Kane.
Ms O’Kane works as a nurse practitioner for chemotherapy.
Stroke care co-ordinator Jarrod Hunter has just been accepted to study to become a nurse practitioner in the area of stroke in older people.

New citizens Paul Coffey, Paul Coffey, 4, and Maire Coffey at Horsham Australia Day service at Sawyer Park.

New citizens Paul Coffey, Paul Coffey, 4, and Maire Coffey at Horsham Australia Day service at Sawyer Park.

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Posted on Feb 7 2018

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