Warwick High student Emily Oehlman and Warwick Hospital administrative coordinator Melissa Smith.
Warwick High student Emily Oehlman and Warwick Hospital administrative coordinator Melissa Smith. Sean Teuma

Warwick student making her mark

ONE Warwick High student is making the most out of the chance to get out of the classroom and into the real world.

Emily Oehlman, a current student in Year 12 at Warwick High, has been spending every Wednesday at Warwick Hospital, as a part of her vocational qualification for a Certificate II in Business.

Emily said she has relished the chance to get experience at the hospital, the site her mother Carol has worked at for 25 years.

"It's been really good so far,” Emily said.

"I've been learning so many different things,

"I've had the chance to meet new people and interact with patients, and they've been nice.”

Emily has been born and bred in the Rose City, and said she hopes her training can lead to something more.

"When it finishes in December, I'll be looking for full-time work,” she said.

"I could see myself working here.”

Warwick Hospital administrative coordinator Melissa Smith said a pathway has been undertaken previously for getting students such as Emily into the system.

"The skills she is learning are transferable across every Queensland hospital as these are the same computer based systems,” Ms Smith said.

"It's a learning platform going into the future.

Ms Smith followed a similar route to Emily in turning her training into a profession, and said it was an honour to be able to guide someone in the same boat.

"I appreciate being able to pass on the opportunity I was given,” she said.

"Hopefully we can develop her into a future leader with skills learned now.

"We have a good team here, and a lot of people have been here for a long time. The average years worked here is over 15.”

Warwick Hospital director of nursing and facility manager Anita Bolton said the health service welcomed the chance to work with local students.

"By providing first-hand experience and training for our local young people, we hope to inspire the next generation of skilled health care workers at Warwick Hospital.”



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