Education and Clinical Support for Nursing Students

Donna Farr - PDH Education & Clinical Support Nurse
Friday, 19 February 2016
The stars have aligned to help Donna Farr achieve her career dream of working in health education.

Mrs Farr has joined Portland District Health as education and clinical support nurse, following in the footsteps of her husband Wayne who started at PDH last year working in the Central Sterilising Services Department.

The couple moved from Stawell for a "sea change" and have found ideal work opportunities.

"Education is where I want to be," Mrs Farr said. "I have been working in nursing areas that lead to his role."

"I like the idea of working in education because I'm very passionate about what I do and want other nurses and staff to feel the same way.

"I get a lot of satisfaction watching students grow and making sure they are on the right track to providing high quality care."

Before moving to Portland, Mrs Farr worked as a nursing supervisor in Stawell, mainly in the urgent care centre. Over the past year she worked in a temporary position as an adolescent health nurse at Portland and Heywood secondary colleges.

We've wanted to make a sea change for several years. I love the beach and have family around Portland and all the stars aligned to make it happen, she said.

Her new role with PDH involves education and clinical support for students across disciplines including nursing and other clinical staff. This includes supervision, assessment of tasks and facilitating formal or informal education.

It has been a busy start with six new graduate nurses commencing at PDH for 2016, including one graduate in the collaborative program aligned to PDH and two collaborative graduates aligned to Western District Healthcare Service and Moyne Health Services.

In the 12 month graduate nurse program the nurses rotate across selected departments including emergency, district nursing, theatre, acute, sub-acute and Dhauwurd Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service.

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