Wimmera Health Care Group is proud to announce Maire Coffey is now an endorsed nurse practitioner.

Ms Coffey, who is based in the Wyuna Sub-acute Unit, finished her two years nurse practitioner studies and received her letter of endorsement last week.

“I’m so happy and relieved. I have always had an interest in the care of older people and I could see that in a rural community like this, with an aging population, having a nurse practitioner in that field would be really beneficial,” Ms Coffey said.

“Nurse practitioner is the pinnacle of nursing positions. We can write prescriptions and order pathology and work quite autonomously.”

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To become a nurse practitioner, the applicant must be a registered nurse who has already completed post graduate studies. They then must complete the two years of study for nurse practitioner while working. The study includes theory, practical and mentor components.

Wimmera Health Care has another nurse practitioner, Carmel O’Kane. Ms O’Kane works is a nurse practitioner for chemotherapy. Stroke Care Co-ordinator Jarrod Hunter has just been accepted to study to become a nurse practitioner in the area of older people/stroke.

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