BRIGHT FUTURE: Nurse Amelia Simpkins is an emerging leader in her field.
BRIGHT FUTURE: Nurse Amelia Simpkins is an emerging leader in her field. Contributed

Nurse takes step towards dream of working in health policy

A WARWICK nurse has been chosen as one of just 12 nurses in the state to participate in the Australian College of Nursing's Emerging Leaders Program.

Amelia Simpkins from Warwick Hospital aspires to work in health policy and hopes the experience will help her achieve that goal.

"I graduated nursing in 2016 as a mature-aged student. I always had an interest in nursing and it was great to finally be able to fulfil that passion,” she said.

"I think it is really important that future health policies help ensure the health and wellbeing for the next generation.

"I would love to be a part of that decision-making table, and I believe nurses have a role to play in that.”

As part of the 9-month program, Ms Simpkins will have an opportunity receive mentoring from high-profile nurse leaders, career advice and professional development opportunities.

While her aspirations are big, Ms Simpkins loves being a part of the Warwick Hospital team.

"I'm excited to see where my career will take me, and so are the team here at Warwick,” she said.

"Everyone is very supportive of what I do. I'm very fortunate.”



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