HEADING WEST: Jodie McCallum with the Queensland Ambulance Service in Roma will be going to Augathella for work next week.
HEADING WEST: Jodie McCallum with the Queensland Ambulance Service in Roma will be going to Augathella for work next week. Contributed

Dual nursing-ambulance career options open for southwest Qld

THE South West Hospital and Health Service has partnered with the Queensland Ambulance Service to offer an attractive career option for registered nurses in the region.

South West HHS Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services Chris Small said the health service and QAS were working together to promote the concept of dual-trained registered nurses.

"These are nurses who have completed a dual degree in para-medicine and nursing,” Mr Small said.

"Upon completing their studies, these dual-trained nurses undertake the same 12-month graduate transition program as all our newly graduated nursing staff, except that their program will be split between the health service and the QAS, spending six months with each organisation,” he said.

Samantha Reeves based in Quilpie and Jodie McCallum who is soon to be based in Augathella as of Monday, are both currently undertaking the dual program with QUT university.

"I was thinking about what degree to do and I thought nursing would be a good career.

"You can help people and it also lets you move around and do different things,” Samantha Reeves said.

"I chose the dual para-medicine and nursing degree because I wanted to challenge myself and explore my potential in a health career,” Jodie McCallum said.