VITAL ROLE: Nurse Julie Aldridge with colleagues Anna Mangold, Paula O’Neill, Kerryanne Barry, Karen Trottman and Wendy Bahl.
VITAL ROLE: Nurse Julie Aldridge with colleagues Anna Mangold, Paula O’Neill, Kerryanne Barry, Karen Trottman and Wendy Bahl. Kirstin Payne

International Nurses Day a great fit for Warwick Hospital

TODAY is the day to celebrate the frontline of our medical force, the tireless carers, and the compassionate healers for International Nurses Day.

The theme for this year's International Nurses Day "Nurses: A force for change - a vital resource for health" couldn't ring more true at the Warwick hospital.

Like the 70-plus nurses on staff at the hospital, Julie Aldridge loves her job.

From sticking safety pins in dolls at a young age to a registered nurse with a postgraduate certificate in advanced practice nursing in Rural and Remote areas Mrs Aldridge said she is right where she belongs.

"I began working as an assistant nurse in Akooramak and I just loved it, I thought this is where I'd like to be."

Mrs Aldridge began her nursing career as a busy mother of four, passionate about her study and the variety rural nursing had to offer. Now with five children Mrs Aldridge even spent her Mother's Day afternoon on shift caring for others, but didn't mind one bit.

"I just love it," she said.

"In rural communities patients are not just a number; we get to know our patients and look after them from admission. We all look after each other here, I have formed some beautiful friendships with the other nurses here we get along really well; we are all happy with where we work and what we do".

More than 2000 nurses and midwives across the Darling Downs Health Service play a vital role caring for the communities sick and elderly.



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