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Nursing graduates step into rural nursing at Charters Towers Health Service

30 January, 2018

Five graduate nurses launched their careers in rural nursing this week when they joined the Charters Towers Health Service.

The nurses are part of a 121-strong group for the 2018 graduate intake who will be working across the Townsville Hospital and Health Service.  

Charters Towers registered nurse Emmajean Dowman said she felt inspired to become a nurse after caring for her elderly grandmother.

“My Grandma played a big role in my life after she moved in with me and my mother, Muriel, when I was four years old,” she said.

“While I was growing up my mother was a Blue Care nurse so having my grandma living with us meant mum was able to continue her career.

“I cared for my grandma for about five years before she passed away in 2014; I enrolled in nursing the next year.”

Emmajean said she was excited to be working in rural health.

“Rural nursing is definitely where I want to focus my career,” she said.

“I’m particularly interested in surgical and aged care, which are complete opposite ends of the spectrum, but I’m looking forward to expanding my knowledge this year.

Last updated: 30 January 2018