Stanthorpe Hospital has welcomed a new director of nursing (DON) who brings with her a wealth of experience working in rural health settings.
Pauline Maude started at the Granite Belt hospital on 8 May.
Mrs Maude is also a passionate midwife and hopes to put her skills to good use at the Stanthorpe Hospital.
"Stanthorpe has about 120 births each year, and I am excited to help support women and their families who come to us," she said.
"I also look forward to working with staff across all other areas of the hospital including the acute wards, the emergency department, theatre and community health."
Ms Maude most recently worked at the Millmerran Multipurpose Health Service and previously worked at the Gove District Hospital in the Northern Territory and Bowen Hospital in north Queensland.
"I went to boarding school in Warwick so I am familiar with the region," Mrs Maude said.
"I also worked as a registered nurse at Warwick Hospital and Stanthorpe Hospital between 1984 and 1986.
"I had my first baby here and my husband Kevin and I still have friends living in town.
"The role of DON in a rural health facility is very interesting and varied, incorporating clinical, administration and leadership responsibilities.
"I’ve had a very warm welcome and am excited to be joining such a great, experienced team of health professionals, and am looking forward to supporting them to continue doing such a great job.
"I am also looking forward to continuing the great work that has been done by previous DONs and exploring any opportunities that we may have to improve."